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Oral Cancer

Understanding Oral Cancer

Cancer is a disease that is defined by the characteristic uncontrollable growth of human cells that encroach upon and damage the neighboring tissues. Oral cancer manifests itself as a sore or growth in the mouth that does not disappear naturally and claims the lives of nearly 10,000 Americans every year. These growths occur on/in the: tongue, lips, throat, sinuses, soft and hard palate, floor and roof of the mouth, and the cheeks.

Oral Cancer is a scary form of the disease that can cause the loss of your tongue, your lips, or even your life when not caught early enough in its development cycle. Close to 51,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer every year, and only 57% of individuals who are diagnosed with the disease survive 5 years past the diagnosis. The survival rate for oral cancer is particularly low because it is regularly discovered late into its cycle of growth. Visit your dentist regularly and get screened for oral cancer as early detection is the key.

Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Oral Cancer on Tongue

Mouth cancer is characterized by a wide variety symptoms which may include:

  • Persistent sores that do not heal after 1-2 weeks. These sores can range from small, white patches to large red growths.
  • Bleeding in the mouth from sore or unknown source.
  • Painful or difficult chewing or swallowing
  • Chronic sore throat or persistent feeling that something is stuck in the throat
  • Consistent Neck or Ear Pain

These symptoms are not exclusive to oral cancer, but may indicate a serious health issue if they last longer than 2 weeks. If you’ve been experiencing these symptoms for a prolonged period of time, then seek immediate help because it may be the early stages of mouth cancer.

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Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

A few factors can drastically increase your risk of oral cancer. These include:

  • Being a male. Men face double the risk of encountering oral cancer in their lifetime.
  • Age. Individuals who are over 50 years of age face an increased risk of developing cancers in the mouth.
  • Smokers. Smoking tobacco products makes the development of oral cancer over 5x more likely to occur.
  • Chewing Tobacco. Using dip or chewing tobacco drastically increase your risk of encountering oral cancer.
  • Extreme Sun Exposure. Exposing your lips to the sun for excessive amounts of time can lead to oral cancer, especially in younger individuals.
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Having HPV increases your risk for developing a number of different cancers, including mouth cancer.

Treatment of Oral Cancer

Similar to the treatment of many other cancers, oral cancer is typically treated with surgical removal of the growth which is then supported by chemotherapy or radiation therapy to remove any of the remaining cancerous cells. Prevention is the best solution for all forms of cancer. Understand which risk factors you fall under, and seek treatment if you suspect anything is amiss.

At Carson & Carson, our two dentists have over 60 years of combined experience and have extensive experience identifying cancerous growths of the oral cavity. We use state of the art dental CT scans and decades of experience to quickly identify oral cancers. Call today and schedule an appointment with an expert Oxnard dentist (805) 983-0717.

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Lamont Yvon
Lamont Yvon
22:50 15 Mar 18
I have had a lot of procedures including 8 implants. There is no better dentist office than Carson and Carson. Dr. Derek Carson (the son of Dr. Leroy Carson) is FANTASTIC! He has learned well from his father (who still works there). Papa is the MAN!, and has been for years. Insane amount of knowledge. The Doctors are THE BEST! The support staff is fun and professional always. I will never go anywhere else.
Casandra Sorenson
Casandra Sorenson
23:05 08 May 18
A dentist that truly understands how much the whole dental trip petrifies me - and helps me overcome it. For the first time, and certainly not the last, he used nitros oxide and I can honestly say I can look at future visits without abject terror. No more waiting until the tooth needs pulled! I may even get my teeth cleaned.
Laura Lassiter
Laura Lassiter
18:32 15 Mar 18
The BEST dental office in Ventura County!! Super friendly staff, easy to schedule appts, no issues with insurance processing, and Dr. Carson makes sure you are always comfortable and pain-free when getting any work done. I've been a patient for over 7 years now and I couldn't be happier! I highly recommend!
Ivon valdez
Ivon valdez
18:13 18 Mar 18
Great office...great dentist ....great staff...very kind and helpful .....
Angel Garcia
Angel Garcia
15:26 27 Jan 18
Fun, friendly staff, that makes you feel comfortable immediately and accommodating...excellent work, i highly recommend'em.
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