Signs and Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms

There are many benign tissue changes that occur naturally in the mouth.

In fact, something as simple as a bite on the inside of the cheek may mimic the appearance of a precancer. It is important to have any discolored area or sore unhealed within 14 days looked at by a medical professional or dentist.

Some of the most common oral cancer symptoms include

  • A painful mouth sore that doesn't heal.
  • A lump or thickening which can be felt inside the mouth 
  • A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth
  • Bleeding in the mouth 
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pain or difficulty swallowing or chewing 
  • Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
  • Numbness of the tongue, lower lip or chin 
  • Difficulty wearing dentures (poor fit)
  • A lump in the neck 
  • Chronic hoarseness
  • Weight loss

The location of the oral cancer is connected to certain risk factors

  • An oral cancer in the front of the mouth is often seen in people who use tobacco. Cancers at the back of the mouth and throat as well as on the tonsils are more typical in young non-smoking individuals.