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The symptoms and causes of oral cancer

  • Posted on: Aug 30 2020
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Oral cancer is a condition that many patients worry about. Oral cancer affects millions of people, and patients need to be proactive in screening for it. Dr. Lenny Slepchik finds that with regular visits to  the dentist office, most patients can catch the signs of cancer early enough for successful intervention.  Survival from oral cancer starts with screenings and early diagnosis to detect cancer and find effective treatment options.

What causes oral cancer?

Oral cancer can affect anyone at any age. It isn’t always a condition that impacts older and unhealthy individuals. However, certain habits and conditions can increase a patient’s risk of developing oral cancer. Below are a few ways to reduce your risk of oral cancer:

  • Quit tobacco use, including smoking cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco IMMEDIATELY ! If you need help to do it, please get it !
  • Reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption, as approximately 7 out of 10 patients diagnosed with oral cancer are heavy drinkers.
  • Avoid contracting HPV (human papilloma virus) as it has been found to be linked to those who develop oral cancer in the future
  • Have regular screenings performed with a professional to ensure early detection.
  • Visit the dentist regularly for evaluations and cleanings to monitor oral health and wellness overall

What are the symptoms of oral cancer?

There are many signs that may present as an indication that oral cancer is present. If any of the above situations are noticed, it may be time to book an evaluation with your dentist:

  • Red or white patches on the gums, on the lining of the inner mouth, or the tongue
  • Pain, numbness, or unexpected bleeding in the mouth
  • Lumps in the mouth, on the lip, or in the throat
  • A persistent sore throat that is not caused by allergies, a cold, or strep throat
  • Pain or discomfort when chewing and swallowing food
  • Jaw swelling

Request a visit to learn more about oral cancer

Dr. Lenny Slepchik recommends patients call his practice if they have specific concerns regarding the risk or development of oral cancer. The front office team can be reached by calling (514) 875-7971 or emailing us at [email protected] and reserving  an appointment at 800 Boul Rene-Levesque O, Suite 310. He welcomes new patients for quality dental care in the downtown  Montreal area.

Posted in: General Dentistry

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