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How Do I Tell If I Have Mouth Cancer
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
You would'nt: Oral cancers are very difficult to see when small, but dental professionals have additional technology to identify these such as vizilite or velscope - both offer information on youtube. If you suspect something see your dentist asap as oral cancers are very agressive and may spread metastatically. Cure rates have not dropped in 40 years. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain: Likely pain. Pain that lasts more than a week or so. If you can visualize the area, you may see an ulcer. If you palpate, you may feel a lump or hard area. If you are concerned, see an ENT doc asap. ...Read more
Oral cancer : screening is looking for cancer before a patient has any symptoms or developed a disease. There are number of tests that are used to screen for different types of cancer. Screening for oral cancer is done during a routine check-up by a dentist or any medical doctor. For majority types of cancer, the chance of recovery is better if is found and treated at an early stage. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Obvious lesion: Any mass in the throat needs to be seen. A clear white or red patch that lasts more than 2 weeks or that you just discovered and doesn't hurt needs to be seen. Most worrisome are painless cauliflower-like masses or ulcers. Having a "lump in your throat" when you get emotional isn't cancer. Good luck, and get seen if you are concerned. ...Read more
See your dentist: Oral cancer is an ideal cancer to identify early by screening during your routine dental examination. Some dentists may use additional tests (different types of lights to detect abnormal cells) to aid in identifying areas of abnormal cells in your mouth. The goal with oral cancer screening is to identify cancer early. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Weight loss, pain: Esophageal cancer can manifest with weight loss, pain, and gastrointestinal bleeding. Some patients can first present with jaundice if there is cancer in the liver. At age 30, the chances of having an esophageal cancer are small, but patients with concerns of cancer should see their physician right away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See a dermatologist: The best way to diagnose a skin cancer is to see your dermatologist. He or she will examine the spot and determine if a skin biopsy is necessary. Often times, a dermatologist can tell by looking at a spot if it is cancer or not. If you have a spot that bleeds, doesn't heal, or grows rapidly, it may be signs of skin cancer. Fortunately, most are easily treatable in the office. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
See below: If you are a smoker, have family history of cancer, have cough, you should consult your doctor for a Chest CT. It is highly unlikely that you have lung cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Have it checked!: There are any number of symptoms and not all are necessarily present at one time: difficulty or painful swallowing, mass in the throat, neck mass, bleeding from the throat, difficulty breathing (in advanced cases) , ear pain. If you have concerns, have it checked by your doctor to see if you need to see a specialist (ENT doctor). ...Read more
You can't: The most common cancer in the mouth is on the lateral(side) borders of the tongue. However you cannot determine if you have cancer without a thorough exam and biopsy. There are many lesions of the tongue. Most not cancerous. See your dentist or oral surgeon for a consult about your problem and concerns. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See a dermatologist: If you have a concern about a skin lesion that is changing in appearance or is behaving differently (bleeding, ulcerating, etc...), then you should get it checked out by a dermatologist. A biopsy may be necessary to accurately determine whether or not you have a skin cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
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