Early signs of oral cancer may be mistaken for other problems, such as a toothache or cold. If symptoms persist for several weeks or months, it is important to see your doctor so that, if oral cancer is present, it may be diagnosed as soon as possible. Many symptoms caused by oral tumors may be due to other, less serious conditions or other cancers.
Some of the most common oral cancer symptoms and signs include:
If any of these symptoms appear or persist for weeks, your doctor may recommend tests to check for oral cancer. As with any cancer, it is important to diagnose oral cancer as early as possible, when more treatment options may be available.
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