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ORAL CANCER

Oral cancer is the most common cancer amongst Indian males and a leading cancer amongst females as well. Tongue cancers and cancers of the inner lining of the cheek are the most common cancers.

  • Non-healing ulcer
  • Bleeding from an ulcer while brushing or rubbing or while eating
  • Reddish or whitish patch
  • Growth of the ulcer or patch
  • Loose Teeth
  • Recently ill-fitting dentures
  • Mass in the neck (from spread to lymph nodes in the neck)
  • the oral tongue (anterior 2/3rd of the tongue)
  • the buccal mucosa (inner lining of the cheek)
  • the floor of the mouth
  • the hard palate
  • the alveolus (teeth bearing areas of the jaw and upper bone)
  • the lips
  • Tobacco – masala, guthka, chewing tobacco, paan, beedi or cigarettes – all are causative factors
  • Alcohol – Individuals that smoke and drink regularly are 50-100 times more at risk of developing oral cancer
  • Irritants – oral habits such a paan masala without tobacco, lime paste can lead to oral cancer
  • Trauma – constant trauma such as that from a sharp tooth can cause oral cancer
  • Sun Exposure – leads to lower lip cancers