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What is Oral Cancer ?

Oral cancer is a cancer that affects areas inside the mouth.

This can include the cheek, throat, gums and/or tongue.  The danger in oral cancer is that it may seem like an insignificant sore inside of the mouth and may be overlooked or ignored giving a chance for the cancer to spread.


For this reason, it's important to be treated regularly by a primary oral care professional, like your dental hygienist, who can identify oral cancers and help you understand your options and give referrals if something is identified as suspicious.

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What are the symptoms of Oral Cancer ?


Symptoms may vary among patients.


Typical symptoms include one or more of the following:

  • skin lesions around the mouth
  • a lump, ulcer or sore on the cheek, gums or tongue that does NOT heal within 14 days

Less common symptoms include:

  • difficulty swallowing
  • tongue problems
  • ongoing aching in a localized area of the mouth

How is Oral Cancer treated ?

Like all cancers, the key to successful treatment, is early detection.  

If you suspect you have one or more of the symptoms, please don't hesitate. 

Make an appointment with a Health Care Professional as soon as possible.