Squamous Cells is where most Oral Cavity and Lip Cancer start. These are thin and flat cells lining oral cavity and lips. When cancer cells affect this area it is very likely that they will affect the nearby areas also. In majority of the cases it shows its affect on the lining of the inside of the cheeks, 2/3rd of the front part of the tongue, gums, under the tongue, roof of mouth, behind wisdom tooth etc.
Risk Factors of Oral Cavity and Lip Cancer: Use of alcohol or tobacco is a definite risk that increases the chances of one getting affected with Oral Cavity and Lip Cancer. If you are a male, affected with HPV and use alcohol and tobacco beyond a certain point can be a major risk.
Symptoms of Oral Cavity and Lip Cancer: A sore or blister in the lips and areas around that would not heal. Identifying a lump in the mouth, gums or on lips thickening rapidly.
One should also look for white or red patch or bleeding, pain, numbness in the gums, tongue, tonsils and/or lining of the mouth. Teeth are loosened and braces start to ill-fit. One may experience chewing or swallowing also. Sometimes even moving the tongue. Some people suffer swelling and pain the jaws too. Sore throat is also a symptom seen in some cases.
Diagnosis of Oral Cavity and Lip Cancer: Physical examination by dentist or doctor, Endoscopy, CT Scan, X-ray, MRI, Cytology, PET Scan. Treatment and recovery depend upon many factors such as, age and health condition of the patient, stage of cancer, size of cancer etc. People who have suffered Oral Cavity and Lip Cancer have an increased risk of cancer of head and neck.
That is he reason following up with regular visit to the doctor is recommended even after one is being cured completely of this cancer. Treatment depends upon which part of the mouth, gums or lips has been affected and what is the stage.