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Oral cancers are found in the mouth, neck or throat, and are a malignant group of cells that grow unchecked. These cancers typically begin on the tongue or bottom of the mouth. Oral cancers are curable if caught early.
Oral Cancer Symptoms
- White or red patches in your mouth
- Mouth sores that will not heal
- Bleeding in the mouth or tongue
- Tooth mobility
- Changes to your bite
- Pain while swallowing
- A lump in your neck
- Persistent earaches
Oral Cancer Screenings
One of our dentists will be careful to examine your mouth and tongue for any sign of oral cancers. If your dentist finds an area of tissue that he or she suspects is oral cancer, we will refer you to an oral surgeon for a biopsy. The biopsy will give your doctors more information about whether the lesion is cancer and what type of cancer. Learn more about the treatment of head and neck cancer at Johns Hopkins.
Oral Cancer Treatment
Treatment for oral cancer begins with a biopsy to confirm the presence of cancerous cells. The oral surgeons at Johns Hopkins will perform an oral biopsy to confirm cancer. Your general dentist will work with your oral surgeon to recommend the appropriate treatment plan as well as refer you to other specialists, if necessary. Learn more about dental oncology.
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