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ADULT AND PEDIATRIC OTOLARYNGOLOGY

We are excited to share that the improvements to our office at GBMC are nearly completed. The office has joined with The Johns Hopkins Dept of Otolaryngology/Head and Surgery. The goal of this is to better offer the most advanced quality of care. During the time of this short transition period, please excuse the reduced number of in office appointments that are currently available. We do apologize for any frustration that this may create. Thank you for your understanding during this transition period. We are sure that you will appreciate the expanded services that will soon be available for you here at the GBMC office.

 

Oral Cancers
Our team of specialists and staff believe that informed patients are better equipped to make decisions regarding their health and well being. For your personal use, we have created an extensive patient library covering an array of educational topics. Browse through these diagnoses and treatments to learn more about topics of interest to you. Or, for a more comprehensive search of our entire Web site, enter your term(s) in the search bar provided.

As always, you can contact our office to answer any questions or concerns.

Oral cancers appear as red or white patches of mouth tissue or small ulcers that look like a canker sores, but are painless. Oral cancers usually form on the tongue or floor of the mouth, but can occur on any tissue in and around the mouth. This includes cancers of the tonsils, adenoids, uvula (soft palate), roof of the mouth (hard palate), inside the lining of the cheeks, the gums, teeth, lips, the area behind the wisdom teeth and salivary glands. Some of these lesions may be benign, others may be malignant, and still others are precancerous. The most common type of precancerous cells in the mouth are:

  • Leukoplakias: Leukoplakias consist of thick, white lesions that most commonly form beneath or around the tongue, cheeks or gums. These mouth sores are most often seen in tobacco users.
  • Erythroplakias: These lesions appear as a red, raised area in the mouth and have a higher incidence of becoming malignant than leukoplakias.

A biopsy is often needed to diagnose leukoplakias and erythroplakias.

Squamous cell carcinomas are the most common type of oral cancer. Less common are lymphoma and salivery gland cancers. Most oral cancers occur in people age 45 and older. When cancers of the mouth do metastasize, they are most likely to spread to the lymph nodes in the neck.


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Monday:8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday:8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday:8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday:8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday:8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday:Closed
Sunday:Closed