Oral Cancer - Symptoms, Common Risk Factors and Prevention

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, the risk of developing oral cancer increases as you get older and is greatest after 45 years of age. Oral cancer is rare in children and young adults. In 2020, an estimated:

Oral cancer can spread quickly but it can also be cured if found and treated before it spreads. Treatment really depends on factors like the stage of cancer, when it’s caught and where it has developed.

Your dentist can play an important role in the early detection of oral cancer. They may notice subtle changes in the mouth that you won’t. An oral cancer examination performed by your dentist during a routine dental exam is fast, easy and painless – and it could save your life.

What is oral cancer?

Oral cancer refers to all cancers of the oral cavity, which includes the following:

Most oral cancers happen on the sides of the tongue, floor of the mouth and lips. Oral cancer starts in the cells of the mouth. Normally these cells are quite resistant to damage, but repeated injury from smoking, alcohol or even friction may cause sores or painful areas where cancer can start.


Oral cancer symptoms include:

If you have experienced any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your dentist right away to get it checked out. Dentists can spot things you can’t, so even if you don’t meet the risk factors, it’s a good idea to get checked out during your regular dental exams.

Common risk factors

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, there is convincing evidence that the following factors increase your risk for oral cancer.


Information as per the Ontario Dental Association https://www.oda.ca/oral-health-basics/oral-conditions-diseases/oral-cancer/

Be sure to book your oral health dental exam at our Brampton Dental Office