April is Oral Head and Neck Cancer Awareness. The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology will be offering free screenings on April 26th by appointment only. Please reach out to Vivian at 212 300-0663 if you would like to schedule an appointment.
Over the past decade, an increasing number of young, non-smokers have developed mouth and throat cancer. Recent research could explain the increase of oral cancer incidence in young adults, a group traditionally at low risk. This phenomenon has been at least partly attributed to the rise of the human-papillomavirus (HPV), a cancer-causing virus that can be transmitted through oral sex. Though oral cancers associated with the papilloma virus are still relatively rare, they typically are found near the base of the tonsils and the back of the tongue, areas that are often difficult to see during visual screenings until the cancer is in a late stage. An early indication of oral and throat cancer is one or more changes in the way the soft tissues of your mouth usually look or feel.
Signs and symptoms may include:
A sore in your mouth that doesn’t heal or increases in size
Persistent pain in your mouth
Lumps or white, red or dark patches inside your mouth
Thickening of your cheek
Difficulty chewing or swallowing or moving your tongue
Difficulty moving your jaw, or swelling or pain in your jaw
Soreness in your throat or feeling that something is caught in your throat
Pain around your teeth, or loosening of your teeth
Numbness of your tongue or elsewhere in your mouth
Changes in your voice
A lump in your neck
Most oral cancers arise on the lips, tongue or on the floor of the mouth. They also may occur inside your cheeks, on your gums or on the roof of your mouth.
Peter Tork formally of the monkeys talks about his battle with cancer and promotes OHANCAW® 2012.