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What Type of Cancers Do Oral Surgeons Treat?

Posted on 4/26/2021 by Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
The perception of cancer has changed over time. It used to be a death sentence whenever a patient received a cancer diagnosis. It didn't matter what type or how advanced. It only mattered that they had cancer. Thankfully, those perceptions have changed because of the advance in treatment options. No longer a death sentence, the outcome of a patient's cancer treatment is not written in stone. Types of Cancer As with cancer of the body, there are many different types of oral cancer. When it comes to cancer certain behaviors can increase the likelihood of contracting it. One of the most obvious behaviors is the use of tobacco products of any kind. Smoking cigars, cigarettes, and pipes all greatly increase the chances of getting oral cancer. Smokeless tobacco inserts between the gums and lips, or gums and cheeks all raise the chances of a patient to get cancer. Even the use of E-cigs is not recommended as they too have carcinogens in them. One of the oddest factors is being exposed to direct sunlight a lot. The easiest type of cancer is known as a squamous cell carcinoma. While these are the easiest to treat, they are also the most commonly occurring oral cancer, making up over 90% of all diagnoses. Salivary gland carcinomas develop in the minor salivary glands located in either the mouth or the throat. Making up approximately 5% of the cancer diagnoses, verrucous carcinomas are a slowly growing type of oral cancer which also involves the squamous cells. A unique factor is that this type of cancer does not cause harm to any surrounding tissue. The lymph nodes are just beneath the lower jaw. Lymphomas are cancers that start in the lymph nodes and can spread throughout the body through the lymphatic system. Approximately 25% of all leukoplakia cells can become cancerous as well. These are found in the mouth and show white patches when cancerous. However, not everything is cancer. We can help determine what your mouth sore may be that you are concerned about when you come see us. All statistics provided by cancercare.com...
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4/26/2021
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Oral Surgeon vs General Dentist Why Choosing an Oral Surgeon is Better
3/22/2021
3 Ways Dental Implants Can Improve Your Life
3/8/2021
What Does the Jaw Resorb and How Can We Help Prevent It?
2/22/2021
How do Oral Piercings Effect My Oral Health?
2/8/2021
Treating a Fractured and Broken Jaw
1/25/2021
Once an Adult Tooth Becomes Loose, Can It Be Saved?
1/11/2021
How Clenching Your Teeth Can Damage Your Jaw
12/21/2020
Snoring is Hurting Your Mouth
12/7/2020
What Gum Grafts Can Do to Improve Your Smile
11/16/2020
Is Your TMD Affecting Your Memory?
11/9/2020
What is TMD?
10/19/2020
How to Slow the Effects of Nightly Bruxism
10/5/2020
When Does Bleeding Become Worrisome after Oral Surgery?
9/21/2020
TMJ Pain Can Be Reduced With Regular Jaw Exercise
9/7/2020
Following Oral Surgery, You Need to Make Sure to Keep Your Mouth Clean
8/24/2020
Orofacial Pain is Something We Can Help Fix
8/10/2020
How Your Life Could Cause Issues with Your TMJ
7/23/2020
What To Do With Bony Growths Of The Mouth
7/7/2020
Times When an Oral Splint Becomes Necessary
6/22/2020
Why Might Only One Part of Your Jaw Hurt but Not the Other?
6/8/2020
What Would I Need a Sinus Lift For?
5/29/2020
Should You Worry About Bony Growths in Your Mouth?
5/15/2020
Reasons Not to Ignore Snoring
4/25/2020
How to Do a Self-Check for Oral Cancer
4/15/2020
How to Stop Clenching When You Get Stressed Out
3/25/2020
Is More Sleep One Way of Helping Manage TMD Pain?
3/15/2020
Why You Need to Call Us if You Hear Your Jaw Click
2/29/2020
What to Avoid In the First Few Days After Graft Surgery
2/15/2020
We Can Make Removing Wisdom Teeth Easier
1/25/2020
Ways to Tell If a Toothache is an Abscess
1/15/2020
Can You Have Oral Cancer Before Showing Symptoms?
12/25/2019
How We Can Help if You Are Embarrassed to Smile
12/15/2019
Why Do Cheeks Swell Up So Much After Oral Surgery?
11/25/2019
What We See on X-rays When We Look for Oral Cancer
11/15/2019
What We Can Do, and When, to Treat a Fractured Tooth
10/25/2019
When Can Implants Be Placed Immediately Following Extractions?
10/15/2019
Treatment Options for a Peg Tooth
9/20/2019
Is Your Jaw Growing Unevenly?
9/10/2019

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