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What are early symptoms of mouth cancer you can watch for?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree
In brief: Varies
Oral cancer can present itself in various ways.
This makes it very important to have it checked by a professional if you see anything suspicious. Some common presentations are: white patches red patches mixed red and white patches a persistent sore that won't heal unexplained bleeding difficulty or pain when swallowing loose teeth difficulty wearing dentures lump in the neck ear pain hoarseness.

In brief: Varies
Oral cancer can present itself in various ways.
This makes it very important to have it checked by a professional if you see anything suspicious. Some common presentations are: white patches red patches mixed red and white patches a persistent sore that won't heal unexplained bleeding difficulty or pain when swallowing loose teeth difficulty wearing dentures lump in the neck ear pain hoarseness.
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
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Dr. David Masiello
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: A few
Non healing sores, pain, or new lesions are some of the symptoms.

In brief: A few
Non healing sores, pain, or new lesions are some of the symptoms.
Dr. David Masiello
Dr. David Masiello
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Nonhealing ulcers.
Most patients present at over 50 years of age.
Symptoms vary with the primary site. Oral cavity lesions can present with nonhealing ulcers that are painful. Hoarseness is an early symptom of laryngeal or throat cancer. Sore throat or otalgia can be a late symptom of oropharyngeal cancer. Rarely, patients can have rock hard cervical or supraclavicular lymph node enlargement.

In brief: Nonhealing ulcers.
Most patients present at over 50 years of age.
Symptoms vary with the primary site. Oral cavity lesions can present with nonhealing ulcers that are painful. Hoarseness is an early symptom of laryngeal or throat cancer. Sore throat or otalgia can be a late symptom of oropharyngeal cancer. Rarely, patients can have rock hard cervical or supraclavicular lymph node enlargement.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Dr. Joseph Woods
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Ulcer
Whitish plaques, thickened mucosa, non-healing ulcer, unexplained pain and feel of a foreign body in the mouth.

In brief: Ulcer
Whitish plaques, thickened mucosa, non-healing ulcer, unexplained pain and feel of a foreign body in the mouth.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: Signs/Symptoms
See oral surgeon or ENT doc if you have any of these symptoms: Persistent mouth sore, persistent mouth pain, a lump or thickening in the cheek, a white/red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth, a sore throat, hoarseness or feeling that something is caught in the throat that does not go away, difficulty swallowing/chewing.

In brief: Signs/Symptoms
See oral surgeon or ENT doc if you have any of these symptoms: Persistent mouth sore, persistent mouth pain, a lump or thickening in the cheek, a white/red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth, a sore throat, hoarseness or feeling that something is caught in the throat that does not go away, difficulty swallowing/chewing.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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