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Oral cancer in Venice, Florida, is a serious and dangerous disease that can destroy your smile and result in death if it’s left untreated. Our George Strickland, DDS team cares about you and your oral health, which is why we want you to avoid this disease at all costs. To help you know a little more about the disease so you can be more educated and prepared, we have provided the answers to the following frequently asked oral cancer questions:

What are the symptoms of oral cancer?
There are many symptoms of oral cancer, including:

-Rough spots, lumps, crusts, or eroded areas on the lips, gums, or cheeks
-White or red patches in the mouth
-Unknown bleeding in the mouth
-Numbness in any area of the face
-Persistent sores on the face, neck, or mouth that bleed easily
-Soreness in the throat
-Difficulty chewing or swallowing
-A chronic sore throat or a change in voice
-Ear pain
-Dramatic weight loss
-A change in the way your dentures fit together

Who can get oral cancer?
Those who use tobacco products, consume excessive amounts of alcohol, have a family history of cancer, have been excessively exposed to the sun, or have HPV are at high risk for oral cancer.

How is oral cancer diagnosed?
Typically, oral cancer is diagnosed during an oral cancer screening at the dental office. Oral cancer screenings are simple treatments that involve your dentist closely examining your mouth for any signs of cancer. If there are symptoms present, additional testing may be required to fully diagnose the problem. This is called a biopsy.

How is oral cancer treated?
Oral cancer is treated the same way other cancers are treated—with surgery. The oral surgeon or doctor will remove the cancerous growth from your mouth and then you will begin radiation therapy or chemotherapy.

If you would like more details about oral cancer, please feel free to call 941-451-7059 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. George Strickland. We are more than happy to help you in any way we can!