Oral Healh Tips - Mouth Cancer Signs & Symptoms
Signs & Symptoms
Mouth cancer can develop in most parts of the mouth, including the lips, gums and occasionally the throat.
The most common symptoms of mouth cancer are:
- sore mouth ulcers that do not heal within several weeks
- unexplained, persistent lumps in the mouth that do not go away
- unexplained, persistent lumps in the lymph glands in the neck that do not go away
Other symptoms may include:
- pain or difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
- changes in your voice or problems with speech
- unintentional weight loss
- bleeding or numbness in the mouth
- 1 or more teeth that becomes loose for no obvious reason, or a tooth socket that does not heal after a tooth is removed (extraction)
- difficulty moving your jaw
- red or white patches on the lining of your mouth. These are common and are rarely a sign of cancer, but they can sometimes turn into cancer, so it's worth seeing a doctor if you have them
If you have any of these symptoms see your GP or dentist, especially if the symptoms have lasted more than 3 weeks.