The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer. The following can indicate the beginning of a pathologic process or a potentially cancerous lesion:
- Reddish patches (erythroplakia) or white patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth or lips.
- A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily.
- A lump or thickening of the tissues inside the mouth.
- Chronic sore throat or hoarseness.
- Difficulty in chewing or swallowing.
These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate (roof of the mouth), gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology, and curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer.
We would recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly and remember that your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores.
The whole team was real good explaining what was going on and help me getting to the other facilities for my surgery. - Dee W
Virginia Oral & Facial Surgery
The whole team was real good explaining what was going on and help me getting to the other facilities for my surgery.
- Dee W