Three Australians are diagnosed with oral cancer every day…
Oral cancer is one of the major cancers in Australia, and can be exacerbated by consuming alcohol or cigarettes. The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in colour. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a serious issue, including oral cancer.
Signs and symptoms of oral cancer…
Oral cancer can emerge as a range of different symptoms. If you experience any of the below signs it is important to book an appointment at our Sunshine Coast surgery as soon as possible:
- Reddish patches (erythroplasia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth
- A sore/ulcer that fails to heal and bleeds easily
- A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth
- Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
- Difficulty in chewing or swallowing
These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology and, curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer.
Your mouth is one of your body’s most important and indicative warning systems…
You can tell a lot about what is happening in your body by looking at your mouth. Be aware of your mouth for any changes. Do not ignore any lumps or sores. If you are unsure, please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.