Oral cancer is a common type of head and neck cancer that is often diagnosed in advanced stage. Treatment for oral cancer in early stages can cure the disease in about 90 per cent of the affected people. However if diagnosed in its advanced stage the cure rate decreases significantly. According to research 25 per cent of people with oral cancer die because of the delay in diagnosis and treatment. Besides death, if oral cancer is diagnosed late many patients have to face serious consequences of their treatment such as facial disfigurement, difficulty in eating, drinking and speaking. Early diagnosis and timely treatment can prevent many of these adverse outcome and death.
Consult your doctor if you have one or more of the following symptoms suggestive of some serious medical condition:
These are some common symptoms of oral cancer. But many of these symptoms can be caused by many other medical conditions. If you have one or more of these symptoms it does not mean that you have oral cancer. Consult your doctor or dentist if the symptoms last for more than three weeks. The health care professional can diagnose and treat the underlying cause.
Who to consult
Some health professionals who can be consulted if you have symptoms suggestive of pancreatic cancer include