Early signs and symptoms
- Oral cancer often starts as a tiny, unnoticed white or red spot or a sore anywhere
in the mouth.
- The cancer can affect any area of the oral cavity including the lips, gum tissue,
cheek lining, tongue and the hard or soft palate.
- A non-healing ulcer.
- Progressive enlargement or swelling.
change of the oral tissues.
- Sudden tooth movement without apparent cause.
- Unusual oral bleeding or epistaxis.
- Prolonged hoarseness.
Late signs and symptoms
- Indurated area.
- Parasthesia, dysasthesia of the tongue or lips.
- Obstruction of airway.
- Difficulty in chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue.
- A change in the way the teeth fit together.
- Chronic earache (chronic serous otitis media) / otalgia.
- Trismus dysphagia.
- Cervical lymphadenopathy.
- Persistent pain or referred pain.
- Altered vision.