6 Common Oral Cancer Symptoms

Posted on Jan 17, 2009 in Cancer

By Lisa Fayed, About.com
Updated: June 23, 2008
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1. A Sore or Blister in Your Mouth or on Your Lip:
A sore or blister in the mouth or on the lip that won’t heal is a symptom of oral cancer. Sores that last longer than 2 weeks warrant a trip to the doctor.
2. White and Red Patches in the Mouth or Lips:
A white or red patch inside the mouth or the lips are the most common symptom of oral cancer. These patches may be a combination of red and white, also.
3. Difficulty Swallowing:
This can include difficulty chewing, moving the jaw, speaking, or moving the tongue.
4. Earaches:
Frequent or persistent earaches need to be evaluated by a physician. An earache is usually indicative of an infection, however it can be a symptom of oral cancer.
5. Change in the Way Teeth Fit Together:
This can include dentures not fitting correctly. Oral cancer can also cause loose teeth.
6. Bleeding from the Mouth:
Report any oral bleeding to your dentist and doctor. Bleeding can be caused by many things, but it is still a symptom of oral cancer and needs to be checked out.
More About Oral Cancer Symptoms:
Keep in mind that these symptoms may be that of other illnesses, so an exam by a physician is essential! If you are experiencing symptoms of oral cancer, please see your doctor or dentist.

Sources: 1. “What You Need to Know About Oral Cancer”. Cancer Topics. National Cancer Society: What You Need to Know About Oral Cancer. 09 Sptember 2004. Accessed 18 June 2008.
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/oral/page9
“Oral Cancer”. Oral Health Topics. American Dental Association. 14 March 2005. Accessed 18 June 2008.
http://www.ada.org/public/topics/cancer_oral.asp#facts