Sometimes there are no warning signs.
That's why men and women over 40 may wish to get an annual cancer-related health checkup, especially if they use tobacco or alcohol.
Having any of the following symptoms for more than two weeks warrants a visit to a physician:
- A sore on the lip or in the mouth that does not heal
- A lump on the lip or in the mouth or throat
- A white (leukoplakia) or red patch on the gums, tongue or lining of the mouth
- Unusual bleeding, pain or numbness in the mouth
- A sore throat that does not go away or a feeling that something is caught in the throat
- Difficulty or pain with chewing or swallowing
- Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable
- A change in the voice or hoarseness
- Pain in the ear
- Slurred speech
- Loose teeth
- Unintended weight loss
- Involvement of skin and face