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Symptoms of Oral Cancer You Should Be Aware Of

Oral Cancer Symptoms in Calgary AB Area

In 2023, it is estimated that nearly 55,000 Canadian adults were diagnosed with oral cancer. This number jumps to almost half a million worldwide. Oral cancer, a type of head and neck cancer, can present itself in various ways, making early detection crucial for successful treatment. Dental patients in the Calgary, Alberta, area seeking an oral cancer screening can get this done at a local dentist like Dr. Palka Sawhney Sharma and the team at Lake Chaparral Dental Care. 

The Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Recognizing the symptoms of oral cancer is vital for timely intervention. Common oral cancer symptoms include:

  1. Persistent Mouth Sores

Open sores or ulcers in the mouth that do not heal within a few weeks may be indicative of oral cancer. These sores can appear on the lips, tongue, or inside the cheeks.

  1. Red or White Patches

Red or white patches on the tongue, gums, or lining of the mouth can signal abnormal cellular changes. These patches may be painless initially but can evolve over time.

  1. Unexplained Bleeding

Unexplained bleeding in the mouth, particularly without any apparent cause or injury, should be evaluated. Persistent bleeding from the gums, tongue, or other oral areas may indicate a concern.

  1. Swelling or Lumps

Swellings, lumps, or thickening of the tissues in the oral cavity, neck, or throat can be symptoms of oral cancer. These can often be palpated during self-examinations or may be noticed by a dentist during a routine check-up.

  1. Difficulty Swallowing or Chewing

Persistent difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia) or chewing, accompanied by discomfort or a sensation of something being caught in the throat, may indicate oral cancer. Changes in the voice or hoarseness can also be associated symptoms.

  1. Persistent Sore Throat

A chronic sore throat that does not resolve with conventional treatments, such as antibiotics or throat lozenges, should be evaluated, especially if accompanied by other suspicious symptoms.

  1. Ear Pain

Pain in the ears without apparent cause, along with other oral symptoms, may indicate oral cancer. The nerves in the mouth and throat can sometimes refer pain to the ears.

  1. Weight Loss

Unintentional weight loss can be a sign of various health issues, including oral cancer. When it occurs in conjunction with other oral cancer symptoms, it raises concerns and warrants investigation.

  1. Changes in Denture Fit

Ill-fitting dentures or sudden changes in the fit of dentures could indicate underlying oral health issues, including oral cancer.

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Dr. Palka Sawhney Sharma, a graduate from the University of Alberta Neuroscience program, received Dental training at University of Alberta in Edmonton and went on to complete a two-year residency at Albert Einstein Medical Centre in Philadelphia, PA (United States). While at Albert Einstein Medical Centre she served as chief resident for a year. In this prestigious program, she took additional training in implantology, oral surgery, cosmetic services, and general dentistry.

Dr. Jay's passion for dentistry began in middle school when she selected the topic "teeth whitening agents" for a science fair competition. She considered dentists as artists who could improve smiles, increase confidence, and create beneficial changes in people's lives from an early age.

Dr. Jay pursued her passion of becoming a dentist in Gold Coast, Australia, where she earned a Master of Dentistry degree from Griffith University. Her enthusiasm for dentistry and sympathetic attitude drives her to make your dental visit as peaceful and comfortable as possible.

She enjoys educating patients about the significance of oral health and is dedicated to expanding her knowledge of the most recent dental innovations to provide outstanding care to her patients. Dr. Jay finds it tremendously satisfying to alleviate dental anxiety while ensuring your trust is always in excellent hands.

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