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Oral Healh Tips - Mouth Cancer Signs & Symptoms

01/02/2021

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.

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