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4430 Bathurst St #301
Toronto ON M3H 3S3




At every re-care appointment we pay extra attention to the head, neck and oral cavity assessments. Many people think that they are getting massage. In fact, we use a palpitation technique that allows us to feel for anything abnormal. We check for bumps, lesions, lacerations, marks, inflamed lymph nodes, etc.

The most common areas of oral cancer is oral cavity: throat, sides of the tongue and floor of the mouth.

Facts about oral cancer:

Oral cancer is the 13 th most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada.

Oral cancer almost 3 x greater than cervical cancer. Worldwide new cases annually exceeding 481.000

Oral cancer is higher than: cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, testicular cancer, thyroid or skin cancer.

If oral cancer is detected early in the stage the survival rate is between 75% - 90%

Oral cancer is 9 – th most common diagnosed cancer in males in Canada

Oral cancer is 15 – th most common diagnosed cancer in females in Canada

There are 4 stages of oral cancer:

  1. Less than 2 cm. in size – does not spread to lymph nodes
  2. More than 2 cm. in size and less than 4 cm. – does not spread to facial/cervical lumph nodes
  3. More than 4 cm. in size – spread to lymph nodes on the same side of the neck as the cancer in lymph nodes that is malignant less than 3 cm.
  4. Spread around lip and oral avity; lymph nodes may or may not be affected. Any size and has spread to more than 1 lymph node on the same side of the neck as the cancer. Lymph nodes are effected on both sides and is greater than 6 cm.

Strong risk factors: smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, HPV (human pappiloma virus) infection.

Moderate risk factors: being male, smoking pipes and cigars, smoking marijuana, being exposed to environmental tobacco smoke, low fruit and vegetable intake.

Another risk factors are prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light, low diet in fruits and vegetables. Studies show that anti-oxidants and beta-carotine supplements play a big role in cancer prevention. Lip cancer has a higher occurance in men than women.