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Oral Cancer Symptoms

Question: what are the early symptoms of oral cancer? I have an infection in my mouth that has developed around an abscessed tooth and I'm concerned that it might be the early stages of cancer, the area around the tooth(the gum and inner cheek)are swollen and in a lot of pain

Answer: The following are the common signs and symptoms: * 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 * 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 two weeks * 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 changes in the voice * Ear pain * A change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together – a change in your "bite" * Dramatic weight loss I think what you're describing is just a bad infection/abscess. You should see your dentist as soon as possible.


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