The mouth and oral cancer is not as rare as it may seem because other cancers tend to get more attention. Just like many other cancers, for successful treatment, it is important to detect it early when it can be easily cured.
Mouth (oral) cancer death rate is particularly high due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development when the cancer has metastasized, most likely the lymph nodes of the neck. If the tumor is metastatic, at these later stages, the primary tumor has had time to invade deep into local structures. Oral cancer is particularly dangerous because in its early stages it may not be noticed by the patient, as it can grow without producing pain or symptoms.
Mouth (oral) cancer patients who survive a first encounter with the disease, have up to a 20 times higher risk of recurrent cancer. This heightened mouth cancer risk can last for 5 to 10.
Dentists or doctors can often detect precursor tissue changes, or the actual cancer while it is its earliest stages. Early stage mouth cancer may appear as a white or red patch of tissue in the mouth, or a small indurated ulcer which looks like a common canker sore. Many strange-looking tissues are benign. Pay attention to whether any sore is discolored, or does not heal within 14 days. Other symptoms include
Mouth (oral) cancer treatment usually involves treatment that depends on the stage of the cancer and condition of the patient