Asking About the Ordre
des dentistes du Québec
The Ordre des dentistes du Québec
for advice is the professional corporation
representing all Quebec dentists.
Its primary mission is to protect the
If you have any of public. Among other things, the
Order ensures the quality of dental
services by maintaining high profes-
the symptoms listed inside, sional and ethical standards, and
organizes activities to promote oral
you should consult health in Quebec.
a health professional
as soon as possible.
Dentists are experts
in oral health, 625 René-Lévesque Blvd. West
so they know all about
Montreal, Quebec H3B 1R2
Telephone: (514) 875-8511
oral cancer, its causes
Toll free: 1 800 361-4887
Fax: (514) 875-9049
Doctors can also advise you
on this kind of cancer.
In collaboration with
So don’t hesitate to ask. cancer
What is oral cancer? What to watch for
We don’t tend to hear much about oral ✖ A sore on the lip or in the mouth, like
Detecting oral cancer an ulcer, that lasts longer than two
cancer. But there are several places in
right from the start weeks.
the mouth and throat where it can appear,
for instance on the tongue, lips, palate, Your dentist can detect oral cancer as soon ✖ A lump on the lip or in the mouth or
salivary glands and tonsils. as it begins, with a clinical examination, or throat.
screening, during your routine check-up. ✖ A white or red patch on the gums,
It’s a simple and painless examination tongue or edge of the lip.
Oral cancer kills that takes only a few minutes. ✖ Difﬁculty or pain with chewing or swal-
Every year, more than 700 people in Quebec lowing.
learn that they have oral cancer. Close to ✖ Swelling of the jaw that causes den-
Screening can save lives tures to ﬁt poorly.
300 of them die of it—nearly one a day.
The earlier oral cancer is discovered, ✖ A change in the voice, a sore throat
In Canada as a whole there are some
the better the chance of survival. Five years that doesn’t go away or a feeling that
3,100 new cases every year, resulting in something is caught in the throat.
after a diagnosis of oral cancer, eight out
over 1,100 deaths. ✖ Unusual bleeding or numbness of the
of ten individuals survive if the disease is
tongue, lip or face.
detected early, as compared with only two
out of ten if it is detected at an advanced
Knowing the risks
stage (U.S. data). Don’t delay
✖ Smoking and heavy drinking are the
most important risk factors. Although Many people put off consulting a dentist
they can both cause oral cancer alone, or doctor, since most sores caused by oral or
when combined they multiply the risk. throat cancer don’t hurt. But it’s important
✖ Men age 45 and older are two to three to act quickly, especially if you have a sore
times more at risk for oral cancer than
that has lasted longer than two weeks.
✖ Research suggests that a diet without
enough fresh fruit and vegetables may
also be a possible risk factor.