The risk of oral cancer is much highter among tobacco users, especially in those who drink alcohol.
Early signs can be in many cases painless and difficult to detect without a thorough oral examination. The cure rate is highest when the cancer is diagnosed and treated early. If it is left untreated, the risk of it spreading to other parts of the body increase. Early detection is the key to significantly increase successful treatment.
Signs and symptoms:
- Sores in the mouth that bleed easily and fail to heal.
- White or red patches in the mouth that will not go away.
- lumps or soreness in the mouth, throat or tongue.
- difficulty in chewing or swallowing food.
- Changes in the way that the upper and lower teeth fit together (occlusion).