Tumors of the Mouth and Voice Box
Tumors of the mouth are not all cancerous. Some growths in the mouth are because of warts, yeast infection, and even trauma. Keratoacanthomas is one of the many types of non-cancerous growths due to sun exposure. These growths are usually found on the lips since the inside of your mouth is not exposed to the sun. They are soft tumors that usually painless.
On the other hand you have your cancerous tumors. These tumors can be found in the pharynx, roof of the mouth, tongue, floor of the mouth, cheek, and even sinuses.
Symptoms of Oral Cancer:
- Swelling in the mouth area
- Unexplained patches in the mouth
- Sores in the mouth
- Ear pain
- Difficulty swallowing
Tumors can form on or above your vocal cords. However, the good news is that not all of these tumors are cancerous.
Common non-cancerous tumors:
- Fibromas (tumor of the connective tissue)
- Hemangioma ( a group of extra blood vessels)
- Chondromas (tumor made of cartilage)
Mouth and Voice box tumors need monitoring. If a biopsy shows a malignant tumor, the next step is to find out the best available treatment. If the cancer is in the beginning stage, radiation therapy should be used. It can make the tumor decrease in size and completely kill out the cancer cells.
Larger tumors in the mouth and larynx need surgery since these tumors will affect your appearance and ability to eat, drink, and speak.
If you or a loved one suffer from any of the symptoms listed above, please contact one of our patient concierge at 817-332-4060 to schedule an appointment today!