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Oral cancer

Mouth cancer (also known as oral cancer) is when an abnormal group of cells, known as a tumour, develops on the surface of the tongue, mouth, lips or gums.
Symptoms of mouth cancer
Symptoms of oral cancer include red or white patches on the lining of your mouth or tongue, mouth ulcers that do not heal after three weeks and pain when swallowing.
Causes of mouth cancer
There are two ways mouth cancer can spread: directly – the cancer can spread out of the mouth and into nearby tissues – or via the lymphatic system.
Diagnosing mouth cancer
If you have any of the possible symptoms of mouth cancer, your GP will carry out a physical examination and ask you about your symptoms.
Treating mouth cancer
If you are diagnosed with mouth cancer you may need to be referred to a larger specialist cancer centre or clinic as it is an uncommon form of cancer. This may requiure you to travel to a nearby city.
Complications of mouth cancer
Potential complications of mouth cancer are dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and speech problems.
Living with mouth cancer
Having mouth cancer doesn't necessarily mean you'll have to give up work. But you may need quite a lot of time off, and you may not be able to carry on completely as before during your treatment.
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