What is mouth cancer?
Mouth cancer, also known as oral cancer is used to describe a lesions that start in the mouth lesions. These most commonly occur on the lips, tongue and floor of the mouth but can also start in the cheeks, gums, roof of the mouth, tonsils and salivary glands.
What to look for?
- a swelling or a sore on your lip that won’t heel for more than 2 weeks
- lump in your neck
- difficult or painful swallowing
- bleeding or numbness in the mouth
- white or red patches on the mouth, tongue or gums
- unexplained weight loss.
- Loose teeth
Common reasons for mouth cancer.
In the past the common reason for oral cancer was smoking and consumption of acohol. Since today less people smoke it became apparent that there are other risk factors for most mouth cancers:
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)
- family history of mouth cancers
- poor oral hygiene and gum disease
This Saturday the 10th of August 2019 between the hours of 12pm and 3 pm Dr. Kaufman will be providing free oral cancer examinations at the Amcal+ Pharmacy Tooronga. Please come and have your mouth checked.