Written by: on September 8, 2015 @ 12:37 pm

ocpicWhen you think of cancer you probably only think of bad news. And there is a lot of bad news associated with cancer, whether it is oral cancer or some other kind. One person dies every hour of oral cancer in the United States. That’s bad news. Thirty thousand people are diagnosed with oral cancer annually. That’s bad news. Seven thousand of these cases will result in death. That’s bad news. But, there is good news, too. When educating yourself about cancer, it is important to know the good news and the bad news about oral cancer.

The Signs and Symptoms

There is more bad news when it comes to oral cancer. It often begins with no symptoms, and there are several types including melanoma, teratoma, andenocarcinoma, and malignant squamous cell carcinoma which is the most common. Malignant squamous cell carcinoma usually presents in the oral tissues and on the lip, but oral cancers can occur on the:

  • Tongue
  • Throat
  • Gums
  • Salivary glands
  • Lips
  • Mouth
  • Face

It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of oral cancer which include:

  • A lump in your mouth or on your lip, gums, throat, etc.
  • A thickening on your tongue
  • Sores that won’t heal
  • Red or white patches in your mouth or on your tongue
  • Whitish-gray raised lesions anywhere in your mouth or throat

The Good News

The good news about oral cancer is that if you are aware of what to look for and bring it to the attention of your doctor or dentist, or if you get an annual oral cancer screening, when found early the survival rate for oral cancer is 80 to 90 percent. More good news is that 70 percent of oral cancers are associated with behaviors that can be avoided or eliminated including smoking, or other types of tobacco use, and the excessive intake of alcohol.


To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with one of the experts at the Comfort Dental Group, then contact us today by calling our office at (248) 474-6434. We welcome patients living in and around Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi, Northville, Westland, and Dearborn Heights, MI.

Catogories: Oral Cancer, Patient Education

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