What Is Oral Cancer?

A growth or sore in the mouth or throat that doesn’t go away over time may be a sign of oral cancer. Symptoms may include:

  • Red or white patches on the lining of the mouth or tongue
  • Swelling or thickening around the mouth
  • Bleeding
  • Sores around the face that don’t heal 
  • Sore throat
  • Hoarseness
  • Change in the way any dental appliances that you use fit.

What Is an Oral Cancer Screening?

Screenings may consist of the following:

  • An overview of your oral and overall health histories
  • A detailed visual inspection of all aspects of your mouth
  • A check for suspicious lumps around your mouth, jaw, and neck
  • Completion of a biopsy, if deemed necessary. 


How often should I be screened for oral cancer?

Every routine dental visit.


How do you treat oral cancer?

If you are diagnosed with cancer, you will be referred to a specialist who will treat your condition with a removal of the growth and chemotherapy treatment.