Oral cancer is an all-encompassing term relating to cancer of the lip, tongue, gums or other parts of the oral cavity. People who smoke or chew tobacco, drink alcohol excessively, have certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) or have a family history of cancer are more susceptible to the disease, and men are twice as likely to get oral cancer as women are. There are several things to look for when it comes to oral cancer symptoms in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Changes in the Physical Appearance of the Mouth
One of the most common symptoms of oral cancer is a change in how the mouth or lips look. Look for problems such as a swelling or thickening of the skin in or around the mouth or lumps or bumps where there should be none. Other physical changes include rough spots, crusty spots or an erosion of the inside of the lips, gums or other parts of the mouth. These changes might also include velvety white or red patches that bleed without explanation.
Symptoms Related to Pain
Pain, tenderness or numbness in any part of the mouth, face or neck might be a sign of oral cancer. Those affected might also feel pain in the ear or have sores that bleed easily and do not heal quickly or correctly.
Other Symptoms of Oral Cancer
Several seemingly unrelated symptoms could also be a sign of oral cancer. A sufferer might feel as if something is caught in the back of his or her throat and could have difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving his or her jaw or tongue. Other common symptoms include hoarseness, a sore throat that does not go away, a change in how the teeth fit together and dramatic weight loss.
People who are suffering from any of these oral cancer symptoms in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, should contact Drs. Thomas McCawley and Mark McCawley, by calling 954-654-7265. Even those who are not suffering should have annual checkups. A good way to remember to schedule one is by doing so in April, which is Oral Cancer Awareness Month.