About Mouth Cancer
Mouth cancer, sometimes known as oral or oral cavity cancer, refers to types of cancer affecting any part of the mouth, including:
- Inner cheek
- Roof or floor of the mouth
Mouth cancers are often grouped into a larger category of head and neck cancers and are diagnosed and treated similarly.
Mouth cancers are frequently identified by where they occur in the oral cavity and the specific cells that they affect. Over 90 percent of oral cancers are diagnosed as squamous cell carcinoma. Squamous cells are what line the mouth and throat, but mutations can cause these cells to grow abnormally. Verrucous carcinomas comprise around five percent of all tumors in the oral cavity. This is a slow-growing form of cancer mainly comprising squamous cells.
Lip cancer is the most prevalent kind of mouth cancer and mainly affects males. It comes in two forms: basal cell and oral squamous cell carcinoma.
Causes and Risk Factors
As with other cancers, mouth cancer may have a genetic component that contributes to the mutation of cells that results in abnormal tumor growths. Mouth and oral cancers are twice as common in men with most diagnoses occurring after the age of 55, though younger people can still get mouth cancer. Exposure to ultraviolet light is particularly significant in lip cancers.
Tobacco use poses the largest risk of mouth cancers. Around 80 percent of cancer patients with mouth cancer are known to use some form of tobacco (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff). This risk may depend on the frequency and duration of tobacco use.
Heavy drinking is also a significant risk factor with about 70 percent of diagnoses associated with excessive alcohol use. Those who smoke and drink heavily are around 100 percent more likely to develop mouth cancer.
Early Detection, Diagnosis, and Staging
The most common signs and symptoms of mouth cancer include:
- Mouth sores lip sores that do not heal
- White or reddish patches in the mouth, gums, or tongue
- Persistent mouth pain
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Tightness in jaw or difficulty moving tongue
- Tongue or other areas of the mouth feel numb
- Loose teeth
- Persistent halitosis
Diagnosis usually involves biopsies and imaging tests. The doctor may perform a barium swallow test to identify irregularities or further symptoms in the mouth, larynx, pharynx, and surrounding areas. You may also need to undergo an endoscopy to determine if the cancer spreads beyond your mouth into your throat.
Staging allows your health care provider to evaluate appropriate treatment options. Stages range from 0 to 4 to describe the severity of the cancerous cells, and most providers also use the TNM system.
- T designates tumor formation.
- N identifies cancers that have spread to the lymph nodes.
- M refers to mouth cancers that have metastasized to other parts of the body.
About Alternative/Natural Treatment of Mouth Cancer
A treatment plan for mouth cancer may involve surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. While these traditional treatments may be effective, they come with side effects that can leave you and your immune system weak. Alternative treatments offer natural remedies of combatting cancer and managing side effects of more traditional treatments. Immunity Therapy Center offers a range of alternative treatments, including:
- Vitamin and mineral supplements
- Sonodynamic therapy
- Biomagnetic cancer therapy
Immunity Therapy Center is dedicated to providing all-natural remedies and treatment options for cancer. Headquartered in Tijuana, Mexico, the Immunity Therapy Center health care team works directly with you to develop a custom-tailored treatment plan that suits your personal health. One-on-one consultations with Dr. Bautista ensure that you are treated like a human, not another chart or customer. To learn more or to get a free consultation, please contact us today.