Symptoms of Oral Cancers
Oral cancers usually arise in patches of Erythroplakia (red), Leukoplakia (white), or Erytholeukoplakia (both red and white) in the mouth.
Leukoplakia is a white area or spot in the oral cavity. About 25% of leukoplakias are cancerous or precancerous.
Erythroplakia & Erytholeukoplakia
Erythroplakia is a red, raised area or spot that bleeds if scraped. About 70% of erythroplakias are cancerous or precancerous.
Erythroleukoplakia is a spot with both red and white areas.
- An ulcer or sore in the mouth or throat that doesn’t heal
- Loose teeth
- A lump or thickening in the neck, face, jaw, cheek, tongue or gums
- Dentures that cause discomfort or do not fit well
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing or moving the tongue or jaw
- Persistent bad breath
- Unexplained weight loss