Oral cancer includes cancers of the mouth, tongue, pharynx and upper throat. Most oral cancers occur in the mouth and can spread quickly.
Oral cancer usually occurs after age 40 and is twice as likely in men than women.
See your dentist or doctor right away if any of the following symptoms last for more than two weeks:
- jaw swelling
- difficulty chewing/swallowing
- white, red patch in your mouth
- pain in an ear with no hearing loss
- difficulty moving your jaw, tongue
- feeling that something is caught in your throat
- tongue numbness, numbness in other areas of your mouth
- sore, irritated, lump, thick patch in your mouth, lip or throat
Keep a healthy mouth by having any of these symptoms checked into ASAP.