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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.

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