What You Need to Know About Oral Cancer

What You Need to Know About Oral Cancer

Unfortunately, oral cancer can go unnoticed in the early stages as it can look like a common ulcer or cold sore. Your dentist knows what to look out for, that’s why it’s important to get in every six months for a check up.

Over 300,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed every year and according to The Oral Cancer Foundation, on every hour of every day someone dies from this serious dental disease. Common indicators of oral cancer include:

  • Mouth ulcers
  • Cold sore
  • Discoloration of tissue
  • Sores that don’t heal within two weeks
  • Difficulty in swallowing

The highest amount of risk for oral cancer is associated with tobacco use.

Approximately 75% of those diagnosed were either current or past tobacco users. The risk jumps up by 15% if tobacco use is accompanied by heavy alcohol use.

If a specialist confirms oral cancer after a biopsy, treatment is either completed by surgery alone or radiation along with surgery if the cancer is in advanced stages.



Bloomington Dental Clinic

Smiles For Life
9801 Dupont Ave S #400
Bloominton, MN 55431
Phone: (952) 856-8215
URL: drtimebrooks.com


Monday: 8AM - 6PM
Tuesday: 8AM - 5PM
Wednesday: 8AM - 5PM
Thursday: 8AM - 4PM
Friday - Sunday: Closed

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