Oral Pathology, Oral Cancer Screening
The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of tissue (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer. The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathologic process or cancerous growth:
- Reddish patches (erythroplasia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth
- A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
- A lump or thickening on the tissue lining the inside of the mouth
- Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
- Difficulty in chewing or swallowing
These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, roof of mouth, gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology, and, curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without any obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer.
Remember that your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. We would recommend that you perform an oral cancer self-examination on a monthly basis. It is important not to ignore suspicious lumps or sores. If you feel that you or someone you know has any of the symptoms that have been discussed, or if you have any questions and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office so we may assist you.
Patient Reviews: Oral Pathology
This reviews section is in progress. Please visit the Patient Review form to leave a review about your Oral Pathology experience with Ballard Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Call our office if you would like more information: Seattle Office Phone Number 206-783-9672.