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Symptoms You Need to Know of Oral Cancer

Posted on 12/7/2020 by Ankur Johri
Symptoms You Need to Know of Oral CancerOral cancer is known as cavity cancer. It affects different parts of the mouth and the back of the throat. Mostly, it develops on the gums, at the base of your tongue, under your tongue, and the back of the mouth. This type of cancer accounts for nearly 3% of all cancers diagnosed across the world. More often, it occurs in people aged 40 and above, with men being the most affected. Its primary cause is tobacco and alcohol consumption, sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV 16 type), and sun exposure. Age is also a factor that contributes to increasing cases of cavity cancer.

Oral Cancer Symptoms

Cavity cancer can be fatal if not diagnosed early enough and treated at the right time. That is why you need to be aware of its symptoms so you may take drastic measures in time. These signs may include a sore, lump, or a thick patch on your lips, mouth, and throat. The lumps may appear swollen and tender or even form rough crusts and spots that erode the affected areas. In some cases, you may see red or white patches in your mouth or experience a sore throat for one week or more. 

The development of velvety or speckled patches is also a symptom of cavity cancer that you should know. Apart from that, you should beware of unexplained bleeding and numbness in your mouth. You should also watch out for the loss of feeling in the mouth, pain, or tenderness in your face, and neck. All these are some of the most common symptoms of oral cancer that affect many people. Others may include hoarseness, ear pain, change in voice, and dramatic weight loss. So if you notice the above-mentioned symptoms, you can call or visit us today for more helpful tips.
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