Should I talk to my doctor about oral cancer symptoms?

The symptoms of oral cancer are discoloration, pain, numbness, swelling, and difficulty moving your mouth. If you have any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor right away. As with many types of cancer, there is a higher probability that your doctor will be able to get rid of the cancer if they find it early.

Make sure to tell your dentist about any problems you have when chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw. Other symptoms include sores that bleed, hard spots, numbness or change in bite.

During your dental visit, your dentist can talk to you about your health history and examine for signs of mouth and/or throat cancer. Regular visits to your dentist can improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught early, at a time when cancer can be treated more easily.
Yes. Oral cancer can be life threatening. The earlier it is treated the better the prognosis.

If you have oral cancer symptoms talk to your doctor so that you can have peace of mind if there is no cancer or that you can get it treated early if there is cancer.

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