Mouth cancer, also known as oral cancer, refers to cancers that can affect various areas in your mouth, including the lips, salivary glands, tongue, gums, palate, and the inside of your cheeks. The most common type of mouth cancer is squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), which starts on the surface cells of the skin.
Mouth cancer can bring about:
- Changes in facial appearance
- Unexplained tooth loss
- Damage to the tongue and throat
- Difficulty with speaking and eating
Prioritize your oral health by being aware of your risk factors and staying alert for mouth cancer symptoms.
Signs & Symptoms of Mouth Cancer
Be mouth aware and look for these signs of oral cancer. If you notice any, schedule an appointment for an evaluation.
- Sores that just won't heal after three weeks
- Lingering mouth pain or discomfort
- Unexplained swelling or lumps in your mouth or neck
- Unexpected bleeding from your mouth or throat
- Unusual red or white patches in your mouth
- Noticeable changes in mouth texture, like hardness or roughness
- Loose teeth without a clear cause
- Difficulty or pain while chewing or swallowing
- Tingling or numbness in your lips or tongue
- Spots in your mouth that grow, harden, or bleed
- Changes in skin color or texture