Many of us receive regular prostate exams and breast cancer screenings to check for early signs of cancer, but there are other varieties of this deadly disease which we would be careful to never overlook. Oral cancer can present itself in many symptoms, some of which can be often confusing to patients, as they are so mild that they are often over looked as a cold or mild gum disease. Adults should be visiting their trusted Columbus Circle oral surgeon for comprehensive oral examinations. At the dental practice of Elliott Ostro DMD our fully trained and knowledgeable staff will work with you to identify any symptoms or risks you may have in regards to oral cancer.
The symptoms of oral cancer can be wide and varied, differing from case to case and patient, but there are a few tell-tale signs you can be on the lookout for. If you are concerned that you may have oral cancer, the most telling sign is a growth anywhere in the mouth, including your nasal cavity and the throat, which does not go away despite treatments which have proven effective for oral sores and sensitive areas. If you do not have gingivitis, but are suddenly noticing bleeding in your mouth that occurs without explanation, this can also be a sign of oral cancer. It can often be accompanied by sudden difficulties in proper speech, effective chewing, as well as swallowing. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, do not hesitate to contact your local Columbus Circle oral surgeon for a full examination of your oral cavities. Oral cancer can be life threatening, but is much easier to treat with an early diagnosis.
Oral cancer is certainly not the most common form of the disease, but certain risk factors can put you at higher risk. Smoking, while not the biggest factor for oral cancer, can raise your likelihood of developing the disease by six times, no matter if you use cigarettes, cigars, or a pipe. Consuming large amounts of alcohol in succession can raise your risk to the same amount as smoking. Despite these factors, one of the most deadly factors towards the likelihood of developing oral cancer is through the use of smokeless tobacco products. If you use chewing tobacco products or others forms of dip or snuff, your risk of oral cancer is multiplied times 50 over non-tobacco users. Some form of cancer are likely to be hereditary or increased by genetic factors, so it is important to discuss your family’s medical history with your Columbus Circle oral surgeon at the offices of Elliot Ostro DMD for personalized care. Dr. Ostro has been proudly serving your local community for over 25 years with professional oral health care you can count on when you need it most.