Signs of oral cancer common in patients

Persistent mouth sores

Sores that don't heal within a couple of weeks can be a sign of oral cancer. They may bleed easily and can be painful.

Red or white patches

Any unusual patches inside the mouth, such as red or white patches on the gums, tongue, tonsils, or lining of the mouth, could indicate oral cancer.

Unexplained bleeding

Bleeding in the mouth without any known cause, particularly if it persists, should be evaluated by a healthcare professional.

Difficulty swallowing or chewing

Trouble swallowing (dysphagia) or chewing, as well as a sensation of something being stuck in the throat, can be early signs of oral cancer.

Chronic sore throat or hoarseness

 If a sore throat or hoarseness persists for more than a few weeks without improvement, it could be a symptom of oral cancer.

Lump or thickening

A lump, bump, or thickening in the mouth, throat, or neck area that persists for more than a couple of weeks should be examined by a doctor.

Numbness or pain

Persistent numbness, pain, or tenderness in any area of the mouth, face, or neck can be a sign of oral cancer.

Unexplained weight loss

Significant and unexplained weight loss, especially when accompanied by other oral symptoms, can sometimes indicate oral cancer.