Spotting the symptoms of mouth cancer early can go a long way to helping ensure you receive an early diagnosis and make a full recovery. Being diagnosed with cancer is a nightmare for both the patient and concerned loved ones. Knowing what you’re looking for gives you the best chance of defeating this awful disease.
What are the main symptoms of mouth cancer?
Of course, you don’t want to start assuming and fearing the worst the moment you start feeling rough, but there are a few key symptoms of mouth cancer to keep an eye out for. They include, but are by no means limited to, the following:
- Sores or ulcers inside the mouth that don’t heal
- Pain and difficulty when chewing or swallowing
- A hoarse voice, sore throat and/or difficulty breathing
- Swellings and lumps
- Unexplained loose teeth
- Changes in your resting breathing rate
- Pain in the face or jaw
- White or red patches on the lining of the mouth that do not disappear
What should I do if I am experiencing symptoms of mouth cancer?
The first step is to make an appointment with a medical professional for blood tests. Your GP, or even your dentist, are able to do this. Make the appointment as soon as possible. If they are concerned by what they find, then they may refer you to a specialist in a hospital.
The specialist will examine your symptoms and may carry out one or more of the following diagnostic tests:
- Fine needle aspiration cytology
These tests cover checking teeth, bones and cells from the affected areas. A fine needle aspiration cytology may be sore and leave bruising. A general anaesthetic is sometimes required for biopsies.
What are the different stages of mouth cancer?
Stage One: A small tumour found only in one place
Stages Two/Three: The disease has spread to other areas of the mouth
Stage Four: The disease has spread to other parts of the body, further away from the original site. These are called secondaries or metastases.
A cancer diagnosis can be a heart-breaking moment in life. However, it’s still preferable to cancer being missed. Medical negligence can result in serious health complications, for which you could be owed medical negligence compensation.
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Date Published: March 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice