Lip Cancer SymptomsWhat are the symptoms of lip cancer?
The symptoms of lip cancer develop slowly. Lip cancer symptoms sometimes resemble those of other conditions or problems, so it is important to see a physician to get an accurate diagnosis. Often lip and oral cavity cancers are found by dentists during routine examinations.
Following are the potential oral cancer symptoms :
- Often in the initial stages there is an initial weakening of the line between the red vermilion of the lip and the white skin below the lip.
- As this weakening progresses, small scaling areas may form, and dysphasia may occur which is a premalignancy where there are scale-like areas on the lip.
- Other lip cancer symptoms may include a sore in the lip or in the mouth that does not heal, lump on the lip or in the mouth or throat.
- There also may be unusual bleeding, pain or numbness in the mouth along with a white or red patch on the gums, tongue, or lining of the mouth.
- Patients may experience pain or difficulty in swallowing or chewing. There may also be change of voice.
The doctor will also feel the throat for lumps. If necessary, the patient may be placed under a general anesthetic so that the doctor can do a very thorough examination of areas of the head and neck.
Summary of lip cancer symptoms :
- Weakening of the line between the red vermilion of the lip and the white skin below the lip.
- Scale-like areas on the lip (dysphasia).
- A persistent sore or lump on the lip.
- A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, or lining of the mouth.
- Unusual bleeding, pain, or numbness in the mouth.
- A persistent sore throat.
- Feeling as if something is stuck in the throat.
- Lip cancer is often noted in its advanced forms by a severe ulceration that resembles a cold sore that won't heal.
- Pain or difficulty in swallowing or chewing.
- Swelling of the jaw.
- Change in voice and the fitting of dentures if any.
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