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About Oral Cancer

Oral cancers can occur in the lips, the tongue, the gums, the cheeks, the roof of the mouth (the hard palate) and the floor of the mouth (under the tongue).

Causes of Oral Cancer

Risk factors that indicate development of oral cancer are:

Symptoms of Mouth Cancer

A persistent sore and pain in the mouth that does not go away is the most common symptom of oral (or mouth) cancer. Some of the other common oral cancer symptoms include:

  • Lump in cheeks
  • White or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth
  • Soreness or feeling that something is caught in the throat that does not go away
  • Difficulty in swallowing or chewing
  • Difficulty in moving jaw or tongue
  • Numbness in mouth
  • Jaw swelling that affects dentures
  • Teeth loosening
  • Pain in teeth or jaw
  • Voice changes
  • Lump in the neck
  • Weight loss
  • Persistent bad breath

Oral Cancer Prevention:

For prevention of oral cancer:

  • Avoid smoking or use of tobacco
  • Avoid drinking alcohol
  • Eat a well balanced diet
  • Limit exposure to the sun
  • Visit dentist on regular intervals for routine checkups