Who will treat oral cancer?
If your doctor or dentist feels you may have mouth cancer, you may be referred to a dentist who specializes in diseases of the gums and related tissue in the mouth (periodontist) or to a doctor who specializes in diseases that affect the ears, nose and throat (otolaryngologist).
Do dentists deal with oral cancer?
Specialists who treat oral cancer include: Head and neck surgeons. Dentists who specialize in surgery of the mouth, face, and jaw (oral and maxillofacial surgeons). Ear, nose, and throat doctors (otolaryngologists).
Where does mouth cancer usually start?
Mouth cancers most commonly begin in the flat, thin cells (squamous cells) that line your lips and the inside of your mouth. Most oral cancers are squamous cell carcinomas.
Is Stage 1 mouth cancer curable?
It can be cured if found and treated at an early stage (when it’s small and has not spread). A healthcare provider or dentist often finds oral cancer in its early stages because the mouth and lips are easy to exam.
Can a dentist tell if you have mouth cancer?
Your dentist will not be able to diagnose cancer during an examination. Oral cancer can be diagnosed only with a biopsy, when a sample of tissue in the area is removed and exam- ined under a microscope. However, your dentist can identify suspicious-looking areas or growths that may need further evaluation.
Should I see a dentist or doctor for oral cancer?
Your primary care physician and family dentist have continuing obligations to be knowledgeable of signs and symptoms of oral cancer. Your doctor/dentist should assume any lesion in your oral cavity of unknown origin that persists over two or three weeks could be oral cancer, unless proven otherwise.
What is the last stage of mouth cancer?
Stage IV is the most advanced stage of mouth cancer. It may be any size, but it has spread to: nearby tissue, such as the jaw or other parts of the oral cavity.
How long can you survive untreated mouth cancer?
The survival rate among people with early-stage untreated mouth cancer is around 30% for five years, whereas the rate gets reduced to 12% for people with Stage 4 untreated mouth cancer.
Does oral cancer spread quickly?
Most oral cancers are a type called squamous cell carcinoma. These cancers tend to spread quickly. Smoking and other tobacco use are linked to most cases of oral cancer. Heavy alcohol use also increases the risk for oral cancer.
Can oral cancer be seen on xray?
Oral cancer can be seen on dental x-rays. If you have symptoms of oral cancer, we will perform an exam of the oral cavity and lips to see if we find any red or white patches, swelling, or lumps.