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Oral Cancer Symptoms


At Cosmetic Dentists of Houston, Dr. Amanda Canto has developed a comprehensive oral cancer screening protocol and offers free oral cancer screenings to her patients because early detection is very important.

Regardless of whether you have any of the below symptoms, now is a good time to get screened. Please visit our Nationwide Directory for Free Oral Cancer Screenings or find a dentist or doctor near you who offers oral cancer screenings to the public.

What are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

If you are experiencing one or more of the below oral cancer symptoms, you are already overdue for an oral cancer exam:

  • Do you have a sore in your mouth that bleeds easily or refuses to heal?
  • Have you seen a tiny white or red spot/sore anywhere in your mouth?
  • Do you experience pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips?
  • Is there any change in color in the tissues of your mouth?
  • Are you having difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue?
  • Are there any lumps, thickenings, rough spots, or crusty areas in your mouth?
  • Have you felt a change in the way the teeth are aligned?

The Survival Rate for Oral Cancer

oral cancerAccording to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 42,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2013. ² Out of those 42,000  who are diagnosed this year, 18,000 will not survive 5 years.³

  • The current survival rate for oral cancer is approximately 57%.

    This is a lower rate than than can be expected with cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, thyroid, or skin cancer (malignant melanoma).²

  • The survival rate for oral cancer is very high if detected early – up to 80%

    The treatment and procedures for removal are much easier and less disfiguring the earlier it is detected.

  • The survival rate for oral cancer is very low if detected late.

    Today, most oral cancer is detected only after it has advanced to stage III and IV, when cure rates are only 19%.

    From The New York Times, (2009):

    Despite the many advances against cancer in recent decades, the statistics on this form of it remain discouraging: more than 60 percent of cases are diagnosed in the late stages, and the five-year survival rate is a disappointing 59 percent. Moreover, oral cancer is increasing in people traditionally at low risk, a phenomenon partly attributed to the rise of the cancer-causing human papillomavirus, or HPV, which can be transmitted through oral sex.¹

“Oral cancer kills one American every hour. We can stop that with early detection,”
~Dr. Amanda Canto

Get Yourself Screened!

In Houston? Call Cosmetic Dentists of Houston today at 713-622-1977 or contact us to schedule a Free Oral Cancer Screening.

Out of Town? Visit our Nationwide Oral Cancer Screening Directory to find a dentist who offers free oral cancer screenings near you.

¹ Tarkan, Laurie. “New Oral Cancer Tests: Crucial or Wasteful?” The New York Times. Web. February 2, 2009
² Dental Issues. The Oral Cancer Foundation. n.d. Web. 2013
³ OralID.

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