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Canker Sore Vs. Oral Cancer
Pain: A canker sore is usually painful but likely will resolve in 10-15 days. Oral cancer is usually not painful until later stages. It can have many different appearances so it's not easy to diagnose visually. It will not resolve in 2 weeks. See a dentist, oral surgeon, or periodontist if the lesion is present for more than 2 weeks regardless of how it feels. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Canker sores: is the most common oral lesions. Most tongue ulcers, infections will clear up by themselves within a week or two. You should see your GP or dentist if the ulcer gets worse or lasts for longer than 2 weeks.Oral cancer appears as a growth or sore in the mouth that does not go away. If concerned see your dentist ASAP. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Not likely: Oral cancer is progressive. Most abnormalities in the oral cavity come and go. If you have an abnormal area that lasts for more than three weeks you should have someone examine it. You can reduce your risk of oral cancer by not smoking, not chewing tobacco, not drinking too much alcohol. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Oral Ca: Both are ulcerations in the oral cavity, but there are significant differences. Canker sores are usually in the cheeks and lips, oral ca can be anywhere in the oral cavity. Canker sores are almost always painful, while oral ca ulcerations usually aren't painful. The biggest difference is canker sores will heal in 2 weeks, occasionally up to a month, and oral ca ulcerations don't heal, ever. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
I dipped for 2 years and the other day I got a bump. It got bigger till it turned into what looks like a canker sore. But not white.Oral cancer?
I have a canker sore for 6 months and it has not healed. Is it oral cancer? It is located on ground of my lips and does not hurt.
Canker sore! i need to know if I have mouth cancer I have had a canker sorefor like 4 days now. It doesn't really hurt unless i feel lit with my tongue. I feel like its gotten a lot better because it did feel like it was an open sore when i felt it with m
Unlikely: The lesion could be a canker sore or from trauma. Without a history (age/smoking/tobacco/alcohol use?) and exam +/- biopsy, it is difficult to say for sure, but few docs would worried about a lesion that has been there only 4 days. If the lesion persists more than a couple weeks definitely see your dentist/pmd/ent/oral surgeon. If you are using tobacco and quit now you may avoid effects. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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