Mouth / Oral Cancer symptoms and treatment

Mouth / Oral Cancer symptoms and treatment

Mouth/Oral Cancer

Oral cancer, also called mouth cancer, forms in the oral cavity, which includes all parts of your mouth that you can see if you open wide and look in the mirror. Your lips, gums, tongue, cheeks, roof or floor of the mouth. Oral cancer forms when cells on the lips or in the mouth mutate.

Globally, oral cancer is the sixth most common type of cancer in India. Our country has almost one-third of the total burden and is the second country having the highest number of oral cancer cases.

The dentist plays a pivotal role in the early examination of occurrence.


Please consult the dentist if you have had these symptoms for more than two weeks.

  • A sore, irritation, lump, or thick patch in your mouth, lip, or throat.
  • A white or red patch in your mouth.
  • A sore throat or a feeling that something caught in your throat.
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing or speaking.
  • Difficulty moving your jaw or tongue.
  • Swelling of your jaw causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable.
  • Numbness in your tongue or other areas of your mouth.
  • Ear pain.


Oral cancer can spread rapidly and earlier detection is highly recommended. 

An oral cancer examination can detect early signs of cancer.

The exam is painless and takes only a few minutes. Many dentists will perform the test during your regular dental check-up.

Helpful Tips

Oral cancer and its treatment can cause a variety of dental problems. It is a priority that your mouth is in good health before cancer treatment begins.

  • See a dentist for a thorough examination one month, if possible, before starting cancer treatment to give your mouth time to heal after any dental work you might need.

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