Here’s how you can self-examine oral cancer symptoms

Every day, Mumbai's state-run Government Dental College and Hospital witnesses around 300-500 patients in the OPD (Out Patient Department). As many as 2,281 patients, with pre-oral cancer symptoms, are identified in the last two years. To spread the awareness among the people, St George Hospital, recently, launched a programme on oral health  

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  • Mumbai’s state-run Government Dental College and Hospital, has started a programme to create awareness among people about oral hygiene.
  • The doctors are teaching the patients, through a demo, how to conduct a self-oral examination.
  • Doctors say, by following these simple steps, a common man can identify the symptoms of oral cancer.

If you happen to visit Mumbai’s state-run Government Dental College and Hospital in the coming days for dental treatment, you will be instructed how to self-examine the symptoms of oral cancer.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Associate Professor of Dental College and Hospital, X-ray department, Dr Sonali Kadam, said, “If you detect cancer at the right time, the possibility of the patient getting cured increases. However, people are not aware of the symptoms which help in identifying the possible oral cancer. So, to spread awareness, we have started this programme.”

Simple steps to conduct self-examination

  • Take a spoon and stand in front of the mirror.
  • Find out whether you can move your tongue or not.
  • While standing in front of the mirror, observe the colour of the skin inside the mouth and lips.
  • If you spot white or red patches in your mouth, that is the symptom of oral cancer.
  • Difficulty in opening the mouth is the other symptoms.

Dr Kadam further added, “To make patients understand, we have prepared an informative chart as well. If a person spots symptoms like white or red patches inside the mouth, then he/she must visit a doctor. So that cancer can be prevented in future.”

Every day, Mumbai’s state-run Dental college and Hospital witnesses around 300-500 patients in the OPD. As many as 2,281 patients, in the last two years, are identified with pre-oral cancer symptoms.