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Main Oral Cancer Symptoms

Main Oral Cancer SymptomsOral cancer is a serious, potentially life-threatening disease that often has few symptoms in its early stages. Annual screenings can identify areas of concern that may benefit from further evaluation or closer monitoring. Dr. Mirani, dentist in Beverly Hills, offers oral cancer screenings and recommends that our patients become familiar with the signs and symptoms of oral cancer.

Oral cancer can affect any of the soft tissues in your mouth, including your tongue, lips, inner cheeks, throat, palate or floor of your mouth. Symptoms can include:

• Painless white or red patches or spots
• Irregular bumps in the mouth, neck or facial area
• Rough spots or spots of apparent erosion
• Unexplained oral bleeding that is not associated with gum disease or other dental health conditions
• Numbness, tenderness or increased sensitivity around the cheeks, facial area or inside the mouth
• Ear pain
• Chronic sore throat
• Unexplained weight loss

Any symptoms that do not resolve in two weeks should be evaluated further to identify the cause.

Nearly 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer annually. Risk factors include smoking, heavy alcohol use, HPV infection, excessive sun exposure and genetics. Screening is fast and painless, and it can catch early signs of oral cancer before you are even aware of symptoms. Talk to our dentist about an appropriate screening schedule if you have one or more risk factors. Most other patients would benefit from once-yearly screenings.

Contact our dental office today to schedule your next checkup or to learn more about how you can protect yourself from oral cancer.

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