Posted on 9/27/2017 by Manhattan Maxillofacial Surgery Group
Unfortunately, oral cancer is one of those diseases that knows no boundaries. Whether you are young or old, male or female, rich or poor, it can strike you.
With this in mind, it is important to keep an eye on the mouths of your children. If you see any signs of juvenile oral cancer, you need to bring them to us right away. We will take a closer look and help make a diagnosis.
The good news is that oral cancer is highly treatable if you catch it early enough. With this in mind, you can see how important it is to make sure you monitor your children's mouths.
Common Signs of Oral Cancer
Juvenile oral cancer can give rise to a number of symptoms. No one symptom is conclusive-meaning you cannot go on the belief that the presence (or absence) of any one sign means that your child does (or does not) have oral cancer.
Rather, you should take the presence of a sign as an indication that you need to seek out professional attention right away. It could be nothing, or it could be cancer, but it's better to be safe and have it reviewed in our office.
Some common signs include:
A sudden and unexplained change in the voice. If a tumor is forming in the vicinity of the vocal cords, it could affect the way your child sounds. Likewise, if you notice your child constantly clearing his or her throat, it could be a sign that something feels off in there, and he or she could have a tumor that needs to be looked at.
Lasting sore throat.
An unexplained lump in the throat or on the soft tissue in the mouth.
If your child presents any of these, please come see us right away for a closer inspection.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (212) 287-2483 today.
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