Cancer Symptoms

Tongue Cancer Symptoms

What are the symptoms of tongue cancer?

If you are seeing your doctor and dentist on a regular basis they should be checking for tongue cancer symptoms. Because tongue cancer is related to other oral cancers, tongue cancer symptoms are also related. Typically tongue cancer symptoms will not appear in people under the age of forty-five years old, but some younger people do experience tongue cancer symptoms.

Following are the potential tongue cancer symptoms :

  • A white or red thick patch on the tongue, gums, or lining of the mouth may be a key tongue cancer symptom. Over time this patch turns into an ulcer that has a firm, raised rim and a delicate center that bleeds easily. If the tumor is not treated, it can spread to the gums, lower jaw, lymph nodes, neck, and floor of the mouth, eroding healthy tissues in these areas. The tongue becomes rigid and immobile if the tumor grows large enough. Eventually, the tumor may block the throat, making swallowing and breathing difficult.
  • Untreated, there may be bad breath and difficulty with saliva.
  • The patient may also experience pain in the ear, change in the voice, and unusual bleeding, pain, or numbness in the mouth.
  • There may be bleeding from the tongue (that is, not caused by known injury). Numbness or difficulty moving the tongue Change in speech (due to inability to move the tongue over the teeth when speaking)

Please keep in mind that these may be tongue cancer symptoms. These tongue cancer symptoms may also be caused by another unrelated health problem. It is important to see your doctor if you have tongue cancer symptoms so he can run some tests.

tongue cancer symptoms : tongue anatomy

Summary of tongue cancer symptoms :

  • Small lump or thick white patch
  • The tongue becomes rigid and immobile if the tumor grows large enough.
  • Difficulty swallowing and breathing.
  • Unexplained bleeding from the tongue (that is, not caused by biting your tongue or other injury).
  • Numbness in the mouth that will not go away.
  • Mouth sores.
  • Change in speech (due to inability to move the tongue over the teeth when speaking).
  • Pain (in later stages), bad breath, difficulty with saliva.
  • Pain in the ear (rare)

Do bear in mind that these symptoms may be due to a less serious medical condition. But it is important to check symptoms with your GP just to make sure

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