Mouth Cancer
Mouth Cancer
Mouth Cancer

Mouth Cancer

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.


Risk Factors

Tobacco use is considered the primary cause of mouth cancer.
Excessive alcohol consumption increases your risk of mouth cancer by four times.
People over 40 are at a higher risk of developing mouth cancer.
Spending a lot of time outdoors may increase your chances of lip cancer due to UV exposure.
A diet lacking in fruits and vegetables is associated with an increased risk of oral cancer.

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

Mouth cancer can present other signs and symptoms as well. If you suspect any early signs, seek immediate medical advice from your doctor.

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