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First Signs Of Oral Cancer
Hello, I have been trying to find out whether oral cancer can spread to the lymph nodes without any signs, or if there is always a sore present first?
Sometimes: Sometimes oral or nasopharyngeal cancer can spread to the lymph nodes without the primary tumor being detected. This is called cancer with an unknown primary. Most of the time a primary tumor is found. The oral and nasal cavities are so complex it is really impossible to do a thorough exam on yourself. ...Read more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
White patch: A red or white or red patch on the lips, inside cheeks, gums or tongue that does not go away could be an early sign of oral cancer. A non-healing ulcer is another sign. Don't wait for something to be painful. If you notice anything unusual (like the white patch in the picture), see your dentist or your doctor! ...Read more
A white or red patch: Or any other sore or swelling in your mouth that doesn't go away after a week should be evaluated by a dentist. Oral cancer is very treatable in its early stages. Unfortunately, by the time a patient notices something abnormal, it may be more advanced. Prevention and early detection are essential! See your dentist regularly. Your dentist &/or hygienist should do an oral cancer exam twice a year. ...Read more
If my dental check up showed no signs of oral cancer. How long would it take for me to notice a new sign?
Training: Without training, you may not notice signs of oral cancer. Be on the look-out for white or red spots that do not disappear after 10 days to 2 weeks. Avoid excessive alcohol intake. DO NOT SMOKE. Have anything rough (like a chipped tooth or rough edge of a restoration) addressed. But most of all, see your Dentist regularly for a comprehensive examination. ...Read more
I've got a lump in bottom right jaw and I dip, but no signs of oral cancer inside my mouth. I'm scared?
Not oral cancer: Oral cancers of mucosa oft mouth are for the most part found on the lateral side of the tongue or just inferior in the floor of the mouth. They are ulcerating lesions that will bleed and rapidly spread to cervical nodes. Most common lump in the region of the medial jaw or in the medial lip are of salivary (submax) or of minor salivary origin and should be seen by oral surgeon for bx. ...Read more
No sure-fire signs: Oral cancer takes many forms and identifying it is not always easy and requires professional examination. Many forms of oral cancer are visually indistinguishable from other less dangerous lesions and may require biopsy to identify. Have an examination by your dentist and share your concerns. ...Read more
Get treatment.: Local disease is treated by surgery and radiation. Surgery is more common. Chemotherapy, like Cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil used before or during radiation is just as good as surgery and radiation in locally advanced disease. Recurrent or metastatic disease is treated palliatively with Cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil or paclitaxil. Patients with localized disease can have 75% 5 year survival. ...Read more
I saw my dentist 2-3 weeks ago, would they have noticed if I had oral cancer? I don't show signs/symptoms but my cheeks tend to peel
Oral cancer: Oral cancer examination protocols are followed at each Dental examination. If you are not a smoker, do not consume alcohol in excess, at your age Oral cancer is rare. What's peeling? If the outside of your cheeks see a Dermatologist. If the inside, see an Oral Surgeon. And take a list with you of all Meds, supplements, and vitamins. ...Read more
I am concerned about a red spot on my lower gum. Would like to know if this may be a sign of oral cancer.?
I have another ulcer coming out right next to the original ulcer. Is this a sign of oral cancer, or are we just being paranoid?
Internet Diagnosis: It is not prudent to diagnose any lesion over the internet, sight unseen, without a complete medical history. It would be best to have those lesions examined by an oral surgeon, just to be sure. ...Read more
What are early signs of alzheimer's? My grandfather has been thinking he was in the past. He was diagnosed with oral cancer. Are his symptoms from the cancer, or is it alzheimer's? He has had hallucinations of seeing his deceased siblings, like riding in
10 signs: You can get this information at http://www.Alz. Org/national/documents/checklist_10signs. Pdf. ...Read more
What are the ways other than a sore in your mouth does oral cancer show signs of being present? I been thinking that every symptom I have is cancer?!
Quit worrying first: Cancer in the mouth is highly unlikely to develop in a 23-year-old. Once you accept this as a fact of life, then you do not need to be thinking or looking for cancer. If you have cancer in the mouth you will not have hard time finding it or knowing that it is there as it will form an ulcer or growth which is not going away and is growing in size. So it is not a subtle finding that anyone can miss. ...Read more
I have a sharp edged wisdom teeth which always hurts my cheek. Now I noticed red area in my cheek(not painful) Is it oral cancer sign?
Wisdom tooth: Most likely the red spot on your cheek is from trauma from the sharp wisdom tooth. See a dentist and get this checked. You may need to have the wisdom removed but a dentist can best answer this question. ...Read more
Please ask again: It is much better here, where we are limited to just a few lines to respond to be specific about your symptoms and question and not to ask such an open-ended ambiguous question that could take a textbook to answer. ...Read more
Several possibile: Oral sex, has become a major cause, due to the hpv virus. Hpv has been spreading oral cancer much more rapidly than in years past. Multiple sex partners has been shown to expand the incidence of probability exponentially. Heavy smoking, heavy drinking and an unhealthy lifestyle are also contributors. ...Read more
Multifocal causes: In addition to heavy use of alcohol and tobacco products, studies have shown that oral sex with multiple partners increases the likelihood of oral cancer due to a papilloma virus. The good news is that the gardisil vaccine can help prevent the spread of the virus and is now routinely recommended and administered to teenagers. ...Read more
Mouth (Oral) Cancer (Definition)
Any cancer located in the mouth. Symptoms are variable but include mass in the mouth, difficulty eating, and tongue problems. ...Read more