Yet many people are unaware of the need for cancer screening and regular dental exams.
Cancer can affect any part of the mouth, including the lip or tongue. The incidence of oral cancer increases with age. Smoking and use of smokeless (chewing) tobacco, alcohol and poor oral hygiene also increase your risk.
Symptoms of oral cancer include:
A persistent sore or irritation that does not heal The development of red and/or white lesions Pain, tenderness or numbness anywhere in the mouth or lips A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area Difficulty in chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue A change in bite