Oral cancer is a type of cancer that develops on the tongue, mouth, lips, or gums. While less common, it can also develop in the salivary glands, tonsils or pharynx. While the exact causes of oral cancer are not known, it is highly correlated with smoking, drinking alcohol, and infection with the human papilloma virus.
As with other types of cancer, leaving oral cancer untreated can lead to severe consequences. The most common forms of cancer treatment are surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. Surgery involves the physical removal of the tumor. Chemotherapy involves the use of medication that are toxic to cancerous cells. Radiotherapy involves the use of high energy X-rays to kill cancerous cells.
What are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?
There are several symptoms we can help you identify, but here are a few things to look for:
• Mouth Sores: Look for a sore in the mouth that does not heal.
• Mouth Pain: If you have mouth pain that doesn't go away.
• Cheek Lumps: A lump or thickening in the cheek.
• Odd Mouth Patch: A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth.
At our clinic, we specialize in the surgical removal of cancerous cells or tumors related to oral cancer. Patients often come to us because they can’t afford the treatment at home, sometimes even when they are insured.
Another reason international patients come to us is because they want discretion. We understand that such a condition is sensitive and extremely personal. All of our staff is trained to treat such patients with tact and respect. Your information is kept private and confidential and your case is never discussed in public. We know you are going through a difficult time and we do our best to keep it from becoming more difficult than what it already is.