Oral Cancer



Oral cancer is an abnormal growth of tissue in the mouth. Detection and treatment of oral cancer at an early stage can prevent the occurrence of severe disability and improve the quality of life for patients.

Oral cancer often occurs in the area:

  • Tongue
  • Floor of mouth
  • Inner part of the cheek
  • Gum
  • Palate
  • Lower lip

The following habits are risk for oral cancer:

  • Smoking;
  • chewing tobacco;
  • Chewing betel nuts (eat betel) with or without tobacco;
  • excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages; and
  • exposure to excessive sunlight.

Signs of Mouth Cancer

  • Ulcers inside the mouth that does not heal;
  • white patches (leukoplakia) or red (erythroplakia);
  • swelling or tumor growths inside the mouth; and
  • bad breath (halitosis).
Symptom
  • Mouth ache;
  • Have difficulty to chewing, swallowing or moving the tongue;
  • numbness of the tongue or inside the mouth; and
  • difficulty in opening the mouth.