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Important Facts about Oral Cancer

Important Facts about Oral CancerOral cancer is easiest to treat in its earliest stages, which is one of the reasons regular dental exams with Dr. Mirani, dentist in Beverly Hills, play such a critical role in your dental health care routine. The cancer can affect any of the soft tissues of your mouth and can spread rapidly in some cases.

Symptoms of Oral Cancer
•    Bumps, sores, lesions and ulcers that do not heal or that bleed
•    White or red spots on the soft tissues of the mouth
•    Strange taste in the mouth
•    Difficulty swallowing
•    Sore throat
•    Change in voice
•    Change in bite or difficulty chewing
•    Numbness

Because symptoms may be similar to those of other dental conditions, an oral cancer screening is in order to determine the underlying cause and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

Treatment Options

If you are diagnosed with oral cancer, your physician may recommend surgical excision. The affected area will be removed, and you may need to undergo chemotherapy or radiation therapy if the condition is advanced.

Risk Factors

Smokers and other tobacco users are at an increased risk of developing oral cancer. Those who drink and smoke or who drink heavily may also be at an increased risk. UV exposure, age, poor nutrition, poor immune system functioning and exposure to carcinogens can all increase your risk for developing oral cancer. HPV, which is a sexually transmitted disease, has also been linked with oral cancer.

Contact us today to learn more or to book your next appointment with Dr. Mirani, Beverly Hills oral cancer screening expert.

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