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Services Oral Cancer

Early detection and diagnosis is the key to curing oral cancer. Oral cancers present & are detectible in many ways.

The signs and symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • Alteration in voice
  • Bleeding gum or soft tissue
  • Changes in sensation
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Loss of weight
  • Pain
  • Persistent raised lump or swelling
  • Ulcer that fails to heal
  • White lesion or patch

If any sign or symptom persist for more than a few days, you should have it looked at by your GP or dentist.

Some patients lifestyles may be at a higher risk than others of developing oral cancer. The main risk factors for oral cancer include:

  • Alcohol
  • Betel nut chewing
  • Chronic irritation from sharp tooth edges
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Irradiation
  • Sun exposure / UV light

How do you Diagnose?

We conduct a thorough physical clinical examination, before requesting further tests. This may include a biopsy (to confirm the diagnosis), X-rays, CAT scans, PET scan, MRI, Ultrasound and blood tests.

Radiological Imaging

Special radiological imaging of the jaws, head and neck and chest are usually part of our cancer determination. The aim is to determine the size and extent of the cancer. This includes CAT scans, chest x rays and where indicated Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or Ultrasound.

Oral Cancer Treatment

Confirmed cases result in an analysis of all the findings to determine what type of treatment is best for you.

Factors considered include your: age, general health, medical background, size and extent of the cancer, and your fitness to tolerate any procedures or therapies.

Treatment may involve surgery only, surgery and radiotherapy, surgery and chemotherapy or combinations thereof.