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A 43-year-old female asked:

A small pimple type bump popped up on my lower gum, it only hurts when something hard touches it. could this be mouth cancer?

5 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Any growth/bump like you have described requires close monitoring for 2-3 weeks. If it grows in size then you need to show it to your dentist to determine what it might be. If it is benign, it will go away in 1-2 weeks. Good luck.
Dr. Robert Trager
Dentistry 55 years experience
YOUR PIMPLE IS PROBABLY A CANKER SORE FROM STRESS OR EATING OR DRINKING FOODS AND LIQUIDS WITH A HIGH ACID CONTENT. IT HURTS WHEN YOU BRUSH OR TOUCH IT.IT IS A VIRUS THAT DISSAPEARS IN 5-7 DAYS. IT IS NOT CANCER BUT IF GROWS AND CONTINUES AFTER 10 DAYS SEE YOUR DENTIST.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
It appears you have an abscess. This needs to be evaluated and treated by your local dentist.
Dr. Tariq Lamki
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
I agree. Likely not cancer,but if it persists for more than a week please have it biopsied by your doctor. In addition, to expedite healing, rinse your mouth with mouthwash or saltwater every 2 hours. Thank you.
Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 36 years experience
We can’t diagnosis this defnitively on this part of the platform. You need to have this examined. Please see your dentist or primary care physician to diagnose and recommend treatment if necessary.

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