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Oral Cancer Diagnosis

Cancers of the mouth are present in various forms. Any persistent white patch must be regarded as being suspicious. Additionally, velvety red patches–particularly those with white speckles, should be areas of concern. Finally, any non–healing ulcer (erosion) merits evaluation. More often than not, these areas are painless.

The tongue is the most common site of oral cancer. Typically, the side of the tongue (farthest back in the mouth) is involved. The floor of the mouth (that area beneath the tongue) is next in order of frequency followed by the insides of the cheeks with involvement of other areas showing a lesser incidence.

Another condition, erythroplakia, appears as a red patch in the mouth. Erythroplakia occurs most often in people 60 to 70 years of age. Early diagnosis and treatment of leukoplakia and erythroplakia are important because cancer may develop in these patches.

By having regular visits, your dentist can detect oral cancer at a stage when it can be more successfully treated. You can help, too. When brushing and flossing, check for red or white patches in your mouth. Look for tender or numb areas, sores that don't heal, and lumps or rough spots. If you detect any of these signs or symptoms, call your dentist at once.

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