Symptoms of Oropharyngeal Cancer

Updated on Thursday 04th August 2016

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Oropharyngeal cancer is a rare disease with severe and unwanted consequences and normally involves patients aged between 50 and 80. Being infested with human papillomavirus (HPV), smoking and excessive abuse of alcohol are the biggest risk causes for oropharyngeal cancer. The studies in the area showed that men are affected three to five times more frequently than women.

Our dentists in Dubai can offer proper information regarding this disease and will provide counselling and treatment plans for every patient with oropharyngeal cancer signs. You can also receive dental implants in Dubai.

Oropharyngeal cancer symptoms

Oropharyngeal cancer signs include a lump in the neck and also painful throat. These and other symptoms may be produced by oropharyngeal cancer or by other disorders. It is necessary to visit our dentist in Dubai if you have any of the following signs:

•    an inflammation in the back of the mouth, throat or even neck;
•    a persistent sore throat;
•    a change in voice and speech;
•    weight loss;
•    cough;
•    a dense pain behind the breastbone;
•    trouble swallowing;
•    pain or bleeding in the mouth;
•    loosening of teeth or toothache;
•    bad breath.

Having these symptoms does not certainly mean the patient has oropharyngeal cancer, but it is necessary to see our dentists in Dubai, particularly if these kind of signs have continued for longer than a few weeks.

Types of oropharyngeal cancer

Most cases of oropharyngeal cancer appear in squamous cells, the flat and thin cells that create the lining inside the oropharynx.

In addition to squamous cell oropharyngeal cancer, other types contain:

•    lymphoepitheliomas,
•    minor salivary gland tumors,
•    lymphomas.

If cancer is identified, relieving symptoms remains a vital part of cancer care and also treatment. This is also known as symptom management, supportive care or palliative care and the patients need to talk about their health care with our doctors in Dubai.

Making regular screenings is essential for detecting cancers of the oral cavity and oropharynx in time, when they have a much better chance of being treated. 

For any other questions or information about oropharyngeal cancer, please don’t hesitate to contact our dental clinic in Dubai.


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