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Oral cancer is a common type of head and neck cancer that is often diagnosed in advanced stage. Consult your doctor if you have bothersome oral symptoms such as ulcer, sore of blister in oral cavity which fails to heal in a few days, recurrent bleeding from mouth, feeling of lump in throat, abnormal sensation on face.
Oral cancer most commonly occur on the lips (usually the lower lip), or tongue. Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption increases the risk of oral cancers. In early stages the symptoms may not be recognised. Delay in diagnosis and treatment decreases the rate of cure and 5 year survival. Treatment options for oral cancer include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
If oral cancer is not diagnosed and treated it will continue to grow. Treatment for oral cancer in early stages can cure the disease in about 90% of the affected people. Recurrent cancers are common in oral cancer and increased risk of development of second cancer lasts for 5—10 years after the first cancer. Recurrent cancer can be treated successfully in many of the affected patients.
Oral cancer can affect the mouth and the back of the throat. Chances of survival drop once the cancer spreads to other parts of the body. That’s why it’s so important to find oral cancer early, when it can be treated more successfully.