At the Brooklyn office of Dr. Marc Hertz, we have the skills and tools to ensure that early signs and symptoms of oral cancer and pre-cancerous conditions are identified. While these symptoms may be caused by other, less serious problems, it is very important to visit your Flatland oral surgeon for a routine screening to rule out the possibility of oral cancer.
Dental or oral cysts are a fairly common occurrence in the mouth. In addition to cysts that grow along the gum line, this may also grow on the inside of the cheek, the tongue, as well as the floor of the mouth. A cyst is medically defined as a fluid filled sac or pouch, but can also appear as a growth of any kind, including an irregularly shaped patch of skin. Regardless, this should be removed and tested by your Flatland oral surgeon to ensure that growth is benign.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer includes cancers of the mouth and the pharynx (the back of the throat). Oral cancer accounts for roughly two percent of all cancers diagnosed annually in the United States. Oral cancer most often occurs in people over the age of 40 and affects more than twice as many men as women.
Common risk factors for oral cancer, include tobacco and alcohol use, HPV, older age, excessive sun exposure, and unhealthy diet. Most cases of oral cancer are linked to cigarette smoking, heavy alcohol use, or the use of both tobacco and alcohol together. Using tobacco plus alcohol poses a much greater risk than using either substance alone. Infection with the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (specifically the HPV 16 type) has been linked to a subset of oral cancers. Risk increases with age. Oral cancer most often occurs in people over the age of 40. Cancer of the lip can be caused by sun exposure. A diet low in fruits and vegetables may play a role in oral cancer development.
See Flatbush Oral Surgeon, Dr. Hertz if any of the following symptoms lasts for more than 2 weeks.
- A sore, irritation, lump or thick patch in your mouth, lip, or throat
- A white or red patch in your mouth
- A feeling that something is caught in your throat
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Difficulty moving your jaw or tongue
- Numbness in your tongue or other areas of your mouth
- Swelling of your jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable
- Pain in one ear without hearing loss