ENT Partners of Texas Blog
A Quick Bit on Oral Cancer
Once a year, Dr Theilen and I participate in a Men’s Health Fair at Baylor Medical Center in Irving (Highway 183 and MacArthur). We typically will see between 100-200 men, screening them for any oral / head and neck cancer. I thought it might be instructive to go over some of the common signs and symptoms of oral head and neck cancer.
- A lump or sore that does not heal
- A sore throat that does not go away
- Persistent swollen glands (lymph nodes) in the neck
- A lump or mass in the neck
- Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
- Difficulty moving your jaw or tongue
- A change or hoarseness in the voice
- White or red patches on the gums, tongue, or lining of the mouth
- Changes in denture fit
- Unexplained facial pain or persistent pain in the ear
- Loss of smell
- A bloody nasal discharger or coughing up blood
- Persistent nasal congestion that does not improve
Though these all may point to cancer, they also may be less serious conditions. A doctor or dentist should check any of these symptoms.
I recently spoke of actor Michael Douglas’ case of tongue cancer for Baylor which you can view by clicking here.