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What is oral cancer?
Cancer is the uncontrollable growth of cells that invade the nearby tissue and cause damage. Oral cancer can occur in the tongue, lips, floor of the mouth, cheeks, sinuses, hard and soft palate, and throat. Oral cancer can be life-threatening if not detected and treated early.

What are the signs of oral cancer?
As early detection is vital, we urge you to visit our office if any of the following symptoms last for more than two weeks:

– Lumps, sores, or swellings in or around your throat or mouth
– The feeling that there is a lump or object stuck in your throat
– Swelling that makes wearing dentures or a removable bridge uncomfortable
– Pain in the ears
– Tenderness, pain, or numbness in the mouth or tongue
– Loose teeth without an explanation
– Trouble moving your tongue or jaw
– Issues with chewing, swallowing, or talking
– Persistent hoarseness or sore throat

Who is at risk for oral cancer?
Studies have shown that men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer than women. Also, men who are over 50 years old face an even greater risk. Other risk factors for developing oral cancer include:

– Smoking or using smokeless tobacco products
– Excessive alcohol consumption
– Family history of cancer
– Excessive exposure to the sun

We encourage you to contact our dental office at 845-454-0790 today to learn more about screening for oral cancer in Poughkeepsie, New York, and to schedule your next dental cleaning appointment with our dentist, Dr. Mark L. Pitel.