Lip Cancer

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Cancer of the lip is a type of oral cancer. Of approximately 26,000 new oral cancers that are estimated to occur yearly in the United States, 10 to 15 percent are lip cancer. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Lip cancer is the most common form of oral cancer, occurring most often in men.

The most common type of lip cancer is squamous cell cancer, which has the ability to spread.

Risk factors for lip cancer include using tobacco, heavy alcohol use, having a sexually transmitted virus called human papillomavirus, having light-colored skin or being exposed to too much sun.

Men account for 70 percent of oral cancers with men over age 50 having the greatest risk.

The most common symptoms of oral cancer include:

Swelling, bumps, rough spots or eroded areas on the lips, gums or other areas inside the mouth.

The development of velvety white, red or speckled patches in the mouth.

Unexplained bleeding in the mouth,

Unexplained numbness, loss of feeling, or pain and tenderness in the face, mouth, neck or ear,

Dramatic weight loss, and

A lump in the neck

If you notice any of these changes, contact a health care professional immediately. When diagnosed early, lip cancer is highly curable.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.