Gum disease is far more common than any type of gum cancer.
But how do you know if you have gingivitis, periodontitis or cancer?
We went to head and neck surgeon Ryan Goepfert, M.D. Here’s what he shared about how to distinguish gum cancer from other common conditions, as well as what causes it and when to seek help.
What does gum cancer look and feel like? How does it differ from gingivitis and periodontitis...
Much like adenocarcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas can develop in many locations, including the skin, lungs and cervix.
Unlike adenocarcinomas, though, squamous cell carcinomas often occur in the head and neck, such as the lips, tongue, throat or tonsils, and even the nasal cavity, sinuses, and lacrimal (or tear) ducts and glands.
So, why do squamous cell carcinomas tend to happen so often above the shoulders? And...