Mouth cancer symptoms

November 12, 2012

Mouth cancer symptoms

Mouth cancer produces a large variety of symptoms and anyone who suspects they are experiencing any of them should seek medical advice immediately.

Mouth cancer or oral cancer can produce a wide range of symptoms. Some people will experience a number of them whilst others may only suffer from one or two. The severity can also differ and is usually linked to the progression of the disease. Some of the initial symptoms of mouth cancer include bumps, lumps, crusty areas, swellings or rough spots occurring on the gums, lips or inside the mouth. Another potential sign of mouth cancer is red or white speckled areas inside the mouth. Additionally unexplained bleeding coming from the mouth may also suggest the disease. Further potential symptoms include:

  • A numbing feeling in the neck
  • Pain or tenderness in the neck, mouth or face
  • Mouth sores that refuse to heal and bleed easily

Another sign of mouth cancer is if you notice that you dentures or teeth suddenly fit poorly. Extreme and sudden weight loss is a symptoms of both mouth and throat cancer. Other symptoms of throat cancer and slightly different to those associated with mouth cancer and include but are not limited to the following:

  • A sore throat
  • Changes to your voice
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • A feeling as though something is stuck in the throat
  • Hoarseness

Lip cancer symptoms are primarily lip sores and crust areas that refuse to heal for a long period of time and areas of discoloration. A regular check up will include tests for mouth cancer but if you notice any symptoms develop it is best to get checked out as soon as possible. The earlier mouth cancer is detected the easier and more successful treatment will be. The form of treatment used will depend on a number of factors including the exact location and severity of the cancer. Oral cancer can develop anywhere including the tongue and certain areas can be harder to treat than others. Where possible surgery may be the best option to remove the cancerous areas. Alternatively in some cases radiation is used to kill the cancer cells. When oral cancer is discovered, the doctor will test to see if the cancer has spread to any other area such as the lymph nodes. If it has spread chemotherapy is usually the best treatment option to treat the entire body. Not smoking and not drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can both help to prevent mouth cancer.

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