Mouth Cancer (Oral Cancer)

By Samantha Paterson

  • Oral cancer occurs in two ways: as oral-cavity cancer, which starts in the mouth, and as oropharyngeal cancer, which develops in the part of the throat just behind the mouth (the oropharynx).
  • Oral cancer can affect the cheeks, tongue, mouth and/or throat.
  • All forms of tobacco increase a person's risk of oral cancer. In fact, smokers are six times more likely to get an oral cancer than non-smokers
    • A sore or lesion in the mouth that does not heal within two weeks.
    • A lump or thickening in the cheek.
    • A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth.
    • A sore throat or a feeling that something is caught in the throat.
    • Difficulty chewing or swallowing.
    • Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue.
    • Numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth.
    • Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable.

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