World Cancer Day: Symptoms Of Oral Cancer
World Cancer Day occurs every year on February 4.
A variety of cancer that the dental team is very aware of is Oral Cancer. This is something our dentists routinely screen all of our patients for during a checkup appointment. As the World Cancer Day website tells us,
“Finding cancer early almost always makes it is easier to treat or even cure. Which means improved chances of survival and quality of life for people diagnosed with cancer.”
Like many other forms of cancer, oral cancer has signs and symptoms. We suggest that you apply the ‘RULE’ approach if you notice something unusual in your mouth: a mouth sore is suspicious if it is a:
- R-ed and/or white lesion
- U-lcer or
- E-xceeding three weeks duration
In other words, any mouth sore that persists for longer than three weeks should be considered suspicious and ought to be reviewed by a health practitioner, such as a dentist.
This list includes any type of change in your mouth, teeth and throat, including changes in chewing, speech, taste and swallowing. Pain is not always a symptom of oral cancer.
It’s important to remain aware of changes that occur in your mouth, and to seek an opinion about anything that persists longer than a few weeks. If you do notice something that concerns you, please make a time to come in and see us.
Updated January 24, 2019