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Oral Cancer Treatment

What is oral cancer?

Cancer that develops in any part of the make-up of the mouth can be referred to as Oral Cancer. Oral cancer could occur on the:
• Gums
• Lips
• Tongue
• Roof of the mouth
• Floor of the mouth
• Inside lining of the cheeks

When cancer occurs in the inside of the mouth, it can be referred to as oral cavity cancer or oral cancer. Oral cancer is a type of cancer that is grouped in the head and neck cancer category. This form of cancer and other types of head and neck cancers can be treated similarly. When an individual is showing signs of oral cancer, questions can arise regarding the symptoms, causes and possible treatments. Read below for questions that have been answered by Experts.

Is there a link between type 2 diabetes and oral cancer?

There may be no link between type 2 diabetes and oral cancer. The risk factors of oral cancer can include:
• Moderate to heavy alcohol use. Individuals that drink alcohol could have a 3-10 times greater risk of developing cancer.
• The risk of developing cancer can be 5-10 times greater for individuals that use tobacco of any type.
• The combination use of alcohol and tobacco. The risk could be 50-100 times greater than the general population.
• The use of betel nuts, quid or slaked lime could increase the risk of tongue cancer.
• Riboflavin and iron deficiencies.
• The human papillomavirus.

What are oral cancer symptoms?

The Oral cancer symptoms can include:
• Lumps on the tongue, lips or other areas of the mouth
• Ulcer on the lips or in the mouth that do not heal normally
• Unexplained bleeding
• Numbness in the mouth
• Constant pain
• Weight loos

An evaluation and tests performed by a medical practitioner for diagnosis and treatment.

Could oral cancer resolve on its own?

Oral cancer will not resolve on its own. Oral cancer typically presents no symptoms until the later stages and after other conspicuous symptoms have been present. The risk factors that can be linked to oral cancer can include age, sex, use of alcohol or tobacco, and excessive exposure to sunlight and other ionizing radiation and human papilloma virus infection. The course of action if there is a concern about the possibility of oral cancer would be a diagnostic visit with a medical practitioner. Prior to becoming obvious, oral cancer could assume a significant size and depth.

What is the prognosis for oral cancer?

About half of all individuals with oral cancer may live more than five years following diagnosis and treatment. The cure rate is about 75%, if the cancer is detected early before it spreads to other tissues. However, more than half of oral cancers are advanced when the cancer is detected. Most cancers have spread to the throat or neck when they are detected. If the tumor is small enough, surgical removal may be recommended. When the tumor is larger or has spread to the lymph nodes in the neck, radiation and chemotherapy may be used. Surgery may also be needed for larger tumors.

Following tumor removal, what is the likelihood of recurrence of oral cancer?

The likelihood of recurrence could be determined by the specimen that was sent to pathology. The pathologists will look at the tissue under a microscope to check for clean margins. Clean margins surrounding the tumor can suggest that the tumor was fully removed and could mean that there is a high chance of a cure. For the best hope of a cure, the tumor should be totally removed before it spreads. A consultation with a medical practitioner may be needed to discuss the pathology report.

This is a type of cancer that can often affect the lips, cheeks and the roof or floor of the mouth. However, there may be no link between type 2 diabetes and oral cancer. Therefore, questions about the symptoms and the prognosis can arise and even the treatments. For more information or answers to these questions, an individual can contact an Expert.

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