Mouth Cancer Symptoms and Treatment Options
can form in many different areas of the body. It begins with the
abnormal growth of cells and usually develops into tumors which can interfere with normal physical properties
and cause undesired side effects and eventually death if left untreated. One type of cancer is mouth cancer and it involves the formation and growth of
cancer of the lips, tongue, gums and floor of the mouth. It may
affect the inside of the cheeks and palate but this is not common.
As with most cancers, early detection is essential in helping to treat the disease effectively to provide a cure
or a good quality of life for as long as possible. It is therefore
very important to be aware of some of the symptoms of this type of disease.
especially important if you are at risk for this type of cancer. It
tends to strike those people who are regular users of tobacco. This
includes not only cigarettes or cigars but pipes, snuff or chewing tobacco. Other factors which can increase the risk of developing mouth cancer can be
alcohol consumption, poor oral care or badly fitting dentures. The
combination of smoking and heavy alcohol consumption is a leading factor in developing the disease as
There are a number of important symptoms which may indicate mouth cancer. The two most common symptoms
An ulcer in the mouth that does not
heal. More than 80% of the people who had mouth cancer had this symptom
A persistent discomfort, burning or
pain in the mouth
Several other symptoms
may be indicative of mouth cancer. They include:
Red or white patches in the mouth or
the throat which do not heal of go away
An unidentified lump in the mouth or
Thickening of the lips
Irritation in the throat or a
feeling like something is stuck in the throat
Bleeding or numbness in the mouth
which may occur throughout the day or at random times
Teeth start to fall out without any
And unusual lump in the
Sudden and unexpected weight
Difficulty in talking
If you find red or white
patches in your mouth, it could be indicative of leukoplakia or erythroplakia. These may be non-cancerous and
the result of a fungal infection. However it always best to check with your doctor to rule that
talking or speech are a serious problem and are definitely something which should be checked out by your doctor
as soon as possible. A common symptom of mouth cancer is difficulty
in speaking so pay close attention to this problem.
unexpected weight loss is of concern. While it may not indicate
mouth cancer it could be the result of another serious medical problem. Either way it needs further attention.
lump in the neck is probably attributable to a lymph node problem.
If this is the case it should be checked out as soon as possible.
Keep in mind
that many of the symptoms can arise from other causes. But they can
also be associated with mouth cancer so don’t take a chance and leave it unchecked.