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Oral Cancer - Know Signs Of It!

Dr. Vibhor Mahendru 94% (24 ratings)
MBBS, MS - General Surgery, DNB - Surgical Oncology
Oncologist, Lucknow
Oral Cancer - Know Signs Of It!

Oral cancer is the uncontrollable growth of cells called tumors that invade and damage the tissues surrounding it in or around the mouth. Oral cancer, like all other types of cancer, is life threatening if not diagnosed and treated in the early stages. There are eight types of oral cancer namely cancer in the throat, sinuses, hard and soft palate, floor of the mouth, gums, cheeks, tongue and lips. Dentists are usually the first ones to notice and detect the signs and symptoms of oral cancer. This condition is also known as oral cavity cancer. The risk factors and symptoms of oral cancer are mentioned below.


The symptoms of oral cancer, especially in the first stages, seem non- threatening and similar to common oral problems. However, visiting the doctor is mandatory to rule out cancer as an option. If you suffer from one or more of the following symptoms, visit your dentist immediately.

1. Thickenings and swellings, lumps or bumps, crusts, eroded areas or rough spots on the lips, gums or surrounding regions inside or around the mouth.

2. Bleeding in the mouth that is unexplainable. 

3.  Persistent sores near and around the mouth or throat that bleed easily and may take more than two weeks to heal.

4. Unexplained numbness or pain and tenderness in the mouth, throat or face.

5. Development of patches which are usually speckled, red or white in the mouth. 

6. Sudden weight loss.

7. Excruciating pain in your ear.

8. Loose teeth.

9. Difficulty in swallowing.

10. Lumps in your neck. 

11. Stiffness or pain in your jaw.

12. Pain in your tongue.

13. Dentures that fit poorly. 

Risk factor:

Men above 50 years of age face the greatest risk of developing oral cancer. Women are at a much lower risk of developing oral cancer than men.

The following factors increase your risk of developing oral cancer-

1. Smoking cigarettes, cigars or pipes 

2. Snuff, dips or chewing tobacco

3. Consumption of alcohol excessively

4. History of oral or other types of cancer in the family

5. Chronic sun exposure, especially facial exposure

6. Sexually transmitted virus such as HPV

7. Diagnosed of oral cancer previously.

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Can laser treatment effect in tongue cancer. When patient get recurrence after surgery.

Dr. Vinod Goyal 91% (6353 ratings)
Ex Sen.V.Surgeon/Research Scientist, M.D.(Alternative Medicine/tibetan/chinese/acupuncture), Vaida/ Unani, Homeopath
Unani Specialist, Moga
It may be of helpful, but in my opinion, u should take our cancer cure med course-4 months alongwith
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Want to know the best radiation technology available in India. Whether TrueBeam radiation machine is good for oral cancer treatment?

Dr. Ameya Bihani 88% (60 ratings)
Oncologist, Indore
Imrt and igrt are available at multiple centers. But its the site of disease according to which we can decide type of modality of radiation is best.
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My grandfather is 91 years old. He is suffering from mouth cancer (large wound over lips) from last 3 months. From last night I saw little few insects on wound. He is feeling pain. Me and my family care him .I consult so many doctor but not find any recovery. Here there are two question in my mind any possibility that he get well soon or not. we care him from last few month .Any chance that me and my family infected with such disease ?If yes than what are the symptoms so we know we are infected .Is any check up to know that we are infected. Please advised me.

Dr. Vinod Goyal 91% (6353 ratings)
Ex Sen.V.Surgeon/Research Scientist, M.D.(Alternative Medicine/tibetan/chinese/acupuncture), Vaida/ Unani, Homeopath
Unani Specialist, Moga
Hi sir-- as such there is little chance of getting infection but some cancers are of viral origin-- which can spread disease, so better to be careful. - you can use our research product for permanent cure-- cancer cure course.
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I think I may have tongue cancer. I have pain in my ears and had a sore throat about a week ago.

Dr. Tanmay Palsule 97% (5507 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
You are young so you come to such hilarious and funny conclusions. There are hundreds of other causes of your symptoms like ASOM, Pharyngitis, Laryngitis, Tonsillitis, Mastoiditis to name a few. Take some warm fluids. If it dosent help in 2-3 days visit a doctor near your or consult us in private online.
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I have been smoking and drinking for last 35 years. Who are the doctors who can check me up? What are the tests for oral cancer and lung cancer? Where these test can be done? I need to find if there is any problem in initial stage only. Thank you.

Dr. Pradeep R K A 93% (271 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MS - ENT
ENT Specialist, Trivandrum
First all All those who smoke need not get cancer and all those who have cancer need not be a smoker. It's just the people who has oral or lung cancer are mostly smokers. Hence don't worry about it. If you have any problems like Persisting oral ulcer or oral bleed, Breathing difficulties, Any swellings etc then you should consult a ENT specialist. You can get a flexible naso laryngoscopy done for visualizing you airway. You can also get an MRI done for further evaluation. A Doctor can suggest you whether you need to do these test or not.
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Muje 2 year pahle oral cancer ka operation kiya tha aor abhi me fit hu report normal he to kya me nicotine gum use kar sakta hu?

Dr. Premitha R 90% (64 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Diploma In Medical Radio Therapy, DNB
Oncologist, Bangalore
Hi, If you stopped tobacco consumption, that's excellent and do maintain this. If you have withdrawal symptoms you can use nicotine gums but try avoid it also to nil by deviating your mind.
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Oral Cavity Cancer - How Ayurveda Can Help Treat It?

Dr. Laxmidutta Shukla 89% (289 ratings)
MD - Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Thane
Oral Cavity Cancer - How Ayurveda Can Help Treat It?

The oral cavity consists of the lips, gums, teeth, cheeks (buccal mucosa), the frontal 66% of the tongue, the hard top of the mouth (hard palate), the floor of the mouth beneath the tongue and the region behind the wisdom teeth (retromolar trigone). Development of oropharyngeal cancer occurs in the region of the throat behind the mouth, called the oropharynx. The oropharynx starts where the oral depression closes.

The World Health Organization states that oral cancer ranks eleventh in terms of the common cancer around the world. It is commonly found in men and its spread is slightly higher in developing countries. Excessive consumption of alcohol and tobacco contributes to around 90% of oral cavity cancer cases.

Cancerous oral growth is dealt with procedures which are similar to treatments of different cancers i.e. with the assistance of surgery followed by radiation treatment. In radiation treatments, patients may need to manage the various side effects. Specialists at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) along with the Regional Cancer Centre in Kerala have made a mouthwash utilizing herbal substances, as recommended in Ayurveda, which can help in diminishing the intense amount of pain in patients experiencing radiation therapy for oral cancer. 

Other important Ayurvedic remedies may entail the following:

  1. Lemon: A deficiency of vitamin C is experienced in the body once you are diagnosed with oral cancer. Therefore, consuming fresh lemon juice, which is rich in vitamin C, around 3 to 4 times a day, is very helpful
  2. Carrots: Carrots are rich in 'beta-carotene' which is considered to be an anti-cancer nutrient. It is recommended for patients suffering from oral cancer since it is a source of antioxidants. Consumption of at least 1 glass of carrot juice per day helps in fighting this form of cancer.
  3. Grape Seed: The seeds of the grapefruit are rich in antioxidants which help to destroy the radical cells. These radical cells damage the cells present in the mouth, thus causing oral cancer. The vitamin E, C and beta-carotene present in grapes strengthen the immunity system. The grapes should be crushed to form a paste and the liquid should be strained to form a juice. Consume this juice 3-4 times in a day.
  4. Bitter gourd: It is rich in alpha eleostearic acid, which helps in elimination of cancerous cells without affecting the normal ones.
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Hello sir good morning. I'm brijesh, I want to know. How to fight against radiation and chemotherapy? Coz I have oral CANCER and already done SURGERY. Thank you sir.

Dr. Premitha R 90% (64 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Diploma In Medical Radio Therapy, DNB
Oncologist, Bangalore
Hi, it's not fight against radiotherapy and chemotherapy, it's go along with them. You need to fight against the cancer. During the above said treatments you will be regularly monitored by your Doctors for the toxicities and managed accordingly. Additionally you should be having a positive thoughts and hopes that you will successfully fight against the cancer and follow the instructions given to you by your doctors.
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