All you need to know about symptoms of oral cancer

Oral cancer is very common and prevalent in India due to the usage of the tobbacco and smoking. Learn in detail about oral cancer symptoms. Having awareness about oral cancer can help eliminate the problem.

Oral cancer can appear anywhere in the mouth. This includes the inside of cheeks and the gums. Oropharyngeal cancer affects the back of the mouth and lining of the throat. Incidence of the cancer

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), around 53000 Americans will receive a diagnosis of oral and oropharyngeal cancer in 2020. The average age of diagnosis is 62 years. However, 25% of cases happen before the age of 55 as per the research conducted by the ACS. The disease is more prone in males than females as per the habits. 

Symptoms of the cancer

In early stages, there are often no signs or symptoms of oral cancer. However, the incidence is prevalent among the smokers and heavy drinkers. Those who are prone to alcohol and tobacco are at higher risk of mouth cancer. Your specialist will be able to diagnose the signs and symptoms easily. 


The signs of precancer include the following- 

  • Leukoplakia - white patches in the mouth which do not disappear as the patient rubs them 
  • Oral lichen planus- ulcerative reddish white lines 

Many oral lesions are pre cancerous. This does not mean that someone has cancer. Monitoring changes in spot mouth cancer in early stages is easier to treat. 

Symptoms of oral cancer

If cancer develops, you may notice certain signs and symptoms which are as follows - 

  • Reddish patches on the lining of mouth or tongue 
  • Bleeding of lesion from the mouth 
  • Pain in the mouth 
  • Numbness of mouth 
  • Mouth sores and ulcers which do not heal 
  • A lump or thickening of the gums
  • Poorly fitting dentures 
  • Loose teeth with no apparent reason 
  • Swelling of jaw
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing 
  • Difficulty moving tongue and jaw 
  • Sore throat 

Having these symptoms does not mean that you have cancer of the mouth. You need a doctor’s diagnosis to confirm the same. 

Tags : #tobbacco #oralcancer #symptomsoforalcancer #smitakumar #medicircle

About the Author

Dr. Rati Parwani

Dr Rati Parwani is a Practising Professional BHMS Doctor having experience of 8 years in the medical field. Her approach towards each and every patient is the utmost professional with high standards of practice. She has nurtured her writing skills and proves it as an asset to her professionalism. She has experience in content writing and likes her writing ethical and scientific-based.

Related Stories

Loading Please wait...


Trending Now

Exploring the Link Between Covid-19 Vaccination and Sudden Cardiac Arrests: ICMR StudyNovember 22, 2023
Powering the Future: China's Biodegradable Wireless System for Bioelectronic InnovationNovember 22, 2023
IMS BHU Pioneers Advanced Cardiac Care: Unveiling Cutting-Edge Technologies for Precise DiagnosisNovember 18, 2023
Inito's $6 Million Boost: Transforming Women's Health with AI-Backed Fertility MonitoringNovember 18, 2023
Madras High Court Advocates for Equality: PG Medical Students to Receive Incentive Marks for COVID-19 DutyNovember 18, 2023
Next-Gen Healthcare: CarePods and AI Redefine the Patient ExperienceNovember 17, 2023
Air Quality Crisis: Alarming Rise in Premature Births Linked to Air Quality in Begusarai, BiharNovember 17, 2023
Limerick Contest-2023: A Celebration of Wit and PoetryNovember 17, 2023
IIIT-Hyderabad among top 100 institutions for 5G Use Case LabNovember 17, 2023
Powerful, motivating and inspiring talks marked TEDx Hyderabad Women 2023 which was held with the theme "Two Steps ForwardNovember 17, 2023
Speaking the Diagnosis: How AI in Voice Analysis Is Revolutionizing Diabetes DetectionNovember 17, 2023
FDA Approves Zepbound: A New Medication for Weight Loss by Eli LillyNovember 17, 2023
CoverSelf Raises $8.2 Million in Seed Funding to Revolutionize Healthcare Claims with Innovative Fintech PlatformNovember 16, 2023
From Miracle to Medic: The Extraordinary Journey of India's First Paediatric Liver Transplant RecipientNovember 16, 2023
Combatting Chikungunya: Valneva's Chikungunya Vaccine Cleared by USFDA, Eyes India LaunchNovember 16, 2023
Global Corporate Summit 2023 with the theme Unlocking Opportunities in a Dynamic World heldNovember 16, 2023
2nd IHub-Data Mobility Summit heldNovember 16, 2023
Revolutionary AI-powered technology detects multiple abdominal pathologies simultaneouslyNovember 16, 2023
1 Out of 3 Stroke Patients Suffer Long-Term Health Complications, Says NeurologistNovember 16, 2023
Amrita Hospital, Kochi, Launches App for People with Swallowing DifficultiesNovember 15, 2023