Dr. Richard Caven of Caven Dental answers frequently asked questions.
In this video, Dr. Caven is answering the question:
What are the warning signs of oral cancer?
We are becoming more and more aware of oral cancer today. It is a potentially deadly cancer so we need to take it very serious. We start with risk factors. We want to try to avoid smoking, drinking in excess, using chewing tobacco. There are certain human papilloma viruses which are sexually transmitted disease that are closely linked to oral cancer.
As far as warning signs, lesions, white patches on the side of your tongue or your lower lip or anywhere else in your mouth that stays there for 14 days or more are areas that you really want to get checked out. Any stiffness of your tongue or lip, or asymmetry of your tongue, or tingling, obviously swelling. These are things that you really want to get a health care provider to assess for you, ideally your dentist but even your primary care physician. Don't play around with oral cancer; it is a bad one to get.
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