Regular checkups give you a higher chance of finding oral cancer in its early stages, when it is most treatable.
Signs of Oral Cancer
See us immediately if you have:
- unexplained bleeding in your mouth
- changes in taste or tongue sensation
- lumps located on your lips, cheeks, tongue, or neck
- sores or patches in your mouth that don't heal
- changes in the colour or texture of your mouth tissues
- persistent sore throat
- difficulty swallowing
You can take the Canadian oral cancer self-assessment quiz
Habits That Increase Risk
Though the actual cause of oral cancer is not known, there are some factors that increase the risk including:
- Consumption of tobacco products, such as cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigars etc.
- Heavy alcohol consumption (especially when combined with tobacco use)
- Repeated exposure to the sun for prolonged periods of time
- Poor diet
- Genetics and gender (men are more likely to develop oral cancer than women)
- A history of Leukoplakia (a thick white colour patch inside the mouth)
Checking your mouth regularly for any signs or symptoms is also a great way to identify problems early. If you notice any changes in your mouth, let us know right away or schedule a screening.