Oral Cancer is one of the most dreadful Cancers which prevail across the world.
What Is Oral Cancer?
Oral Cancer is very common in Indian sub-continent because of the horrible habit of chewing Tobacco, Paan, Gutka etc. All these products are very very harmful as far as Oral Cancer is concerned.
Oral Cancer can also be caused by innocuous things like Supari. Oral Cancer can affect the Teeth, Gums, Cheeks, Throat, Nose and all other parts of face.
The treatment of Oral Cancer involves surgery, plastic surgery and then radiation or chemotherapy. Some of the Oral Cancers can be treated by Chemotherapy and Radiation alone. Surgery can be often mutilating and that is why the rate of reconstructive surgery or plastic surgery is very important.
Nowadays there are great advances that are made in plastic surgery and that are why the function of the patient is restored to a remarkable degree. The disfigurement also has been reduced to a large extent.
Unfortunately Oral Cancer gets diagnosed at a late stage in our country because it is often mistaken as Ulcer which is then treated by alternative means. We must diagnose Oral Cancer early because earlier the diagnosis easier the treatment, less disfigurement and a better return to function.
At Anil Cancer Clinic we promote these means of early diagnosis of Oral Cancer and spread awareness amongst people about the evil effects of Tobacco which are responsible for this horrible disease.
Leucoplakia is a condition characterized by white patches or lesions that develop on the mucous membranes inside the mouth, including the tongue, cheeks, gums, and the roof of the mouth. These white patches are often caused by chronic irritation or inflammation and can sometimes be a sign of early cancer or a precancerous condition. While not all leucoplakia cases progress to cancer, it’s essential to monitor and manage this condition closely. Here are some key points to consider:
- It has precancerous potential
- Risk Factors include tobacco use (smoking or chewing), heavy alcohol consumption
- Regular Monitoring should be done.
- Biopsy should be done if you have doubt.
- Treatment depends on various factors, including the size and location of the lesions and whether they show any signs of cancer.
- Prevention should be taken to avoid cancer.
- Early detection of leucoplakia and its management are essential for preventing the development of oral cancer.
Oral cancer can develop slowly over time, and it often presents with subtle early signs and symptoms. Detecting oral cancer in its early stages can significantly improve the chances of successful treatment. Here are some early signs and symptoms of oral cancer to be aware of:
- Persistent Mouth Sores
- Lump or Thickening
- Difficulty Swallowing:
- Chronic Sore Throat or Hoarseness
- Changes in Speech
- Numbness or Tingling
- Pain or Discomfort
- Ear Pain
- Change in Appearance
- Difficulty Wearing Dentures