Symptoms of Oral Cancer
A whitish or velvety red patch of tissue instead of normal pink membrane in the oral cavity may signal a potential precancerous condition. If left untreated, the discolored patch may grow and begin to feel like a canker sore. The symptoms of oral cancer may include:
- a persistent lump, sore, or thickening along the side or bottom of the tongue, an the floor of the mouth, inside the cheeks, or on the gums, palate, or roof of the mouth; the lump may eventually bleed or be-come ulcerated.
- discomfort while eating, drinking, or swallowing.
- loose teeth, or toothache or earache that does not respond to conventional treatment.
- a swollen lymph, node in the neck.
Symptoms associated with advanced oral cancer include pain in the ear or roof of the mouth,' unexplained spasms in facial or neck muscles, or persistent bad breath.
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