Cancer Signs & Symptoms: Oral Changes (Mouth, Tongue, Throat)

Don’t ignore these warning signs & symptoms!

Abnormal changes in the mouth, tongue, and throat can be indicators that something is not quite right in your body. Oral changes can be symptoms of cancer, but if they are detected early enough, you greatly increase your odds of survival. Discover what to look for below, and remember: knowing and spotting cancer signs and symptoms early can save your life.

What To Look For:

  • Pain, tenderness, or numbness in mouth or lips (48)
  • Patch, spot, painful sore (ulceration), or a bump, growth in the mouth or throat that will not go away (2 weeks) (48)
  • Patches and spots that are red, white, or mixed color that sometimes can be painful (48)
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, moving tongue, or jaw (48)
  • A persistent swelling of one side of the neck
  • Changes in how teeth line up when your mouth closed (48)
  • Trouble opening mouth (38)
  • Excess saliva (14)

Notice Something? Here’s What To Do Next:

  • Should you spot any signs, consider them a “red flag”. It does not mean you have cancer. If signs do not disappear within one week, contact your medical team for a professional evaluation.

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