Symptoms of Oral Cancer

September 25th, 2014 by


Oral cancer screening is a part of your regular hygiene appointments. The screening is important in the proper diagnosis of mouth cancer by a dentist, so it can be treated in the soonest possible time. Early detection plays a big part in the successful treatment of oral cancer, and being familiar with the most common symptoms can help you seek help immediately to increase the chances of successfully battling this type of cancer.

oral cancer symptoms

Here are the common symptoms of oral cancer:

  • Pain in the mouth that does not go away
  • Mouth sores or mouth ulcers that do not heal
  • Red patches inside the mouth
  • White patches inside the mouth
  • Teeth that become loose
  • A change in the way dentures fit inside the mouth
  • A lump on the tongue, throat, lip, or anywhere inside the mouth
  • Numbness or bleeding in the mouth
  • Unexplained speech problems
  • Changes in the voice
  • Pain or difficulty in swallowing, or chewing
  • The sensation of something caught in the throat
  • A lump on the neck
  • Weight loss

There may be other symptoms, especially if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. An initial examination may lead to a biopsy to confirm the presence of cancer cells in the mouth, after which the cancer treatment can proceed in the soonest possible time to increase the chances of successfully battling oral cancer.

 

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