Oral cancer, also known as mouth cancer, is cancer of the lining of the lips, mouth, or upper throat. In the mouth, it most commonly starts as a painless white patch, that thickens, develops red patches, an ulcer, and continues to grow. In lips the ulcer will look normal but will not heal instead it slowly grows and can become cancerous.
- Pain when swollowing
- Lump grows in neck
- Swelling in the mouth
- Numb feeling around neck and lips.
- Difficulty moving the tongue or jaw.
- Bleeding and pain in mouth.
Treatment will depend on:
- Type of cancer
- The individual’s overall health
- Personal preferences
A doctor may recommend surgery to remove the tumor and some of its surrounding tissues.
Below some of the parts are removed in this surgery:
- Some part of the tongue
- Lymph nodes
In major surgery there can be change in person look after the surgery which can also affect their ability to talk or eat, which they will need reconstructive surgery.