Some of the initial signs of oral cancer can be mistaken for other problems, such as a cold or toothache. If symptoms continue for several days or weeks, it is critical to see your doctor so that, if by chance oral cancer is present, it will be diagnosed as quickly as possible. Several of these symptoms can be due to other, less dangerous problems or other cancers.
Many of the most common oral cancer symptoms and indicators include:
- A mouth sore that does not heal is the utmost known symptom of oral cancer
- A bump or bulge in the cheek
- Constant mouth pain is another sign
- Any type of white or red patch on the tongue, gums, lining of the mouth or tonsils.
- Throat that is sore or feeling that something is caught in the throat that will not go away.
- Trouble chewing or swallowing
- Trouble moving the tongue or jaw
- Sense of numbness within the mouth or of the tongue
- Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to hurt or not fit properly
- Teeth begin to loosen
- Discomfort in the jaw or teeth
- Voice alterations
- A bump in the neck
- Weight loss
- Chronic bad breath
If you have any of these symptoms and they are present for days or weeks, your doctor may request that you be checked for oral cancer. Your symptoms of course could be attributed to a number of conditions other than cancer. During your routine visits to your dentist it’s important to discuss any concerns with your dentist.
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