The uncontrolled growth of cells into a malignant mass is what usually characterises cancer. When a growth or a sore in the mouth rises to such proportions and becomes cancerous, the condition is known as oral cancer. It may affect the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth as well as the pharynx.
HOW IS ORAL CANCER DIAGNOSED?
Oral cancer could be diagnosed during a dental examination. If there are any lumps or discoloured tissue a biopsy would be performed by an ENT specialist to confirm the diagnosis of cancer.
HOW IS ORAL CANCER TREATED?
As with most cancers, oral cancer can be treated with surgery to remove any growths and lumps followed by chemotherapy or radiation to destroy cancer cells.
DID YOU KNOW?
Lumps and irregular tissue are some of the main symptoms of oral cancer.