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oral cancer

Oral cancer is cancer found in the oral cavity, or mouth area, and the throat area at the back of the mouth. The oral cavity includes the lips, teeth, gums, lining inside the lips and cheeks and under the tongue. The throat area includes the back of the tongue, and the tonsils.


Symptoms may include:


  • lip or mouth sore that does not heal
  • white or red patch on the gums, tongue, or lining of mouth
  • lump on the lip or in the mouth or throat
  • unusual bleeding, pain, or numbness in the mouth area
  • swelling of the jaw
  • change in voice
  • pain or difficulty in swallowing

Causes may include:

  • tobacco use
  • alcohol use
  • leukoplakia
  • excessive sun exposure

Treatment may include:

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