Main Signs of Oral Cancer

Main Signs of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a potentially serious condition with life-threatening implications. In its earliest stages, it may have few or no noticeable symptoms. However, once oral cancer has advanced, it can be difficult to treat, and the mortality rate increases sharply. Our dentist in Los Angeles recommends regular oral cancer screenings, which can identify abnormalities that indicate the need for further diagnoses at their earliest stages when they are most treatable. Screening is painless and takes just minutes. We use a simple light to illuminate any areas of concern.

Symptoms of oral cancer can include:

  • White or red patches in the mouth
  • Irregular lesions or growths on the soft tissues of the mouth
  • Numbness
  • Unexplained bleeding not associated with periodontal disease
  • Pain inside the mouth, in the throat or in the ear 
  • A sudden change in bite or denture fit 
  • Unexplained hoarseness 
  • Unexplained weight loss

These symptoms can also be related to many benign conditions, which is why it is so necessary to seek professional advice if you have any of these symptoms and they last beyond two weeks.

You may be at an increased risk of developing oral cancer if you smoke, drink excessive amounts of alcohol or have been exposed to HPV, or human papilloma virus. However, oral cancer also has a genetic link, which means you may also be at an increased risk if you have ever had family members who have suffered oral cancer.

An oral cancer screening may just save your life. Contact our dental office today to schedule your next checkup and screening.