Malignant tumors of the oral and maxillofacial region - especially of the oral mucosa - are the sixth most common tumor disease worldwide with an increasing tendency despite improved public awareness.
Although medicine has made great progress in recent decades and new innovative treatment methods have become established, the 5-year survival rate of patients with oral cavity carcinoma has not improved significantly.
For this reason, it is particularly important that patients with oral mucosal changes (especially new onset) and/or risk factors present regularly to a maxillofacial surgeon for follow-up. These changes may be painless and only noticeable by chance - for example, a prosthesis that no longer fits or poorly healing wounds.
The sooner you come, the better! Oral cavity carcinomas in an advanced stage (e.g. with bone involvement and/or metastases) have a much worse prognosis compared to smaller tumors.
Your oral surgeon will be happy to perform the quick, uncomplicated and painless early detection examination. During this examination, all mucous membranes of the oral cavity are thoroughly and systematically examined. In the case of conspicuous findings, a tissue sample (biopsy) of the suspicious mucosal area is taken (usually on an outpatient basis and under local anesthesia). This sample is reliably examined by specialists under the microscope and with the aid of other techniques.
Mucosal changes identified by early examination, which correspond to a precursor stage of a tumor, can usually be treated safely without much effort.
Do you have any questions? Make an appointment with your oral surgeon for a consultation..
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