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A 25-year-old member asked:

Is discoloration of your mouth a sign of oral cancer?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Yes: A red or white or red patch on the lips, inside cheeks, gums or tongue that does not go away could be an early sign of oral cancer.
Dr. Richard Mcgee
Medical Oncology 51 years experience
Yes: Mouth cancers are usually identified by a white discoloration (leukoplakia), reddened areas which may bleed, or rarely a dark blue or brown area which may reflect pigment cell overgrowth (melanoma).
Dr. Simon Rosenberg
Prosthodontics 47 years experience
Generally Not.: Most discoloration is due to chemicals from your food and drinks, or from bacteria that concentrate stains in the soft tissues. Cancers are generally white, red or speckled, firm to hard masses and often ulcerated.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

I was wondering what are the signs of mouth cancer?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 51 years experience
A growth or ulcer in: Mouth cancers can be in the form of a non healing ulcer or a mass/growth which continues to grow and may then cause pain and bleeding.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are the signs that you are developing mouth cancer?

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Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Ulcers: A sore in the mouth that just doesn't heal.

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Last updated Oct 2, 2018

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