Mouth Cancer Symptoms : Oral Cancer SymptomsWhat are the symptoms of mouth/oral cancer?
Changes in the way the soft tissues of your mouth usually look or feel can be early mouth cancer symptoms. You won't always be able to spot the earliest warning signs of oral cancer, which is why regular check-ups with both your dentist and physician are so important. Your dentist is trained to detect early warning signs of oral cancer. However, in addition to check-ups, you should see your dentist if you do notice any of the following potential mouth cancer symptoms:
- Changes in the way the soft tissues of your mouth usually look or feel can be early mouth cancer symptoms. These mouth cancer symptoms can include mouth sores that do not heal, persistent mouth pain, thickening of the cheek, and loss of teeth.
- A sore or ulcer in the mouth that does not heal and discomfort or pain in the mouth that does not go away may be symptoms of oral cancer.
- Other mouth cancer symptoms may include white (leukoplakia) or red (erythroplakia) patches anywhere in your mouth. White or red patches can be signs of pre-malignancy. Pre-malignant cells are abnormal, but they are not yet cancer. If left untreated, pre-malignancy can go on to develop into cancer. But if you get the condition treated, you can prevent a cancer from developing.
- A lump on the lip, tongue or in the mouth or throat and unusual bleeding or numbness in the mouth.
- The patient may experience pain while chewing or swallowing. There may also be a feeling that there is something in your throat.
- Loss of teeth and a change in the voice, speech problems, unexplained bleeding or numbness in your mouth also are oral cancer symptoms.
- Other mouth/oral cancer symptoms may include weight loss, a lump in the neck.
These symptoms may be caused by cancer or by other, less serious problems. It is important to see a dentist or doctor about any symptoms like these, so that the problem can be diagnosed and treated as early as possible.
Summary of mouth/oral cancer symptoms :
- A sore on the lips, gums, or inside of your mouth that bleeds easily and doesn't heal.
- A lump or thickening in the cheek that you can feel with your tongue.
- White or red patches on the gums, tongue or inside of mouth.
- A feeling that something is caught in the throat.
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing food.
- Change in voice.
- Unusual bleeding or numbness in the mouth.
- Loose teeth or dentures feeling uncomfortable and not fitting properly.
- Loss of feeling or numbness in any part of your mouth.
- A sore throat that does not clear up.
- Swelling of the jaw causing dentures to fit poorly.
- A change in your voice or speech problems.
- Weight loss.
- A lump in the neck.
- Pain in the ear.
- May develop a burning sensation or pain when the tumor is advanced
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