Warning Signs
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.
  • Colour 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.
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