What Are the Symptoms of Mouth Cancer?

Q:

What are the symptoms of mouth cancer?

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The most common symptoms of mouth cancer include:
Swellings/thickenings, lumps or bumps, rough spots/crusts/or eroded areas on the lips, gums, or other areas inside the mouth
The development of velvety white, red, or speckled (white and red) patches in the mouth
Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
A soreness or feeling that something is caught in the back of the throat
Difficulty chewing or swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, or change in voice
Unexplained numbness, loss of feeling, or pain/tenderness in any area of the face, mouth, or neck
Persistent sores on the face, neck, or mouth that bleed easily and do not heal within 2 weeks
Ear pain
A change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together
Dramatic weight loss

If you notice any of these changes, contact your dentist or health care professional immediately.

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