Possible Signs and Symptoms
a white or red patch in the mouth
a sore, irritation, lump, or thickening in the mouth
hoarseness or a feeling that something is caught in the throat
difficulty chewing or swallowing
difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
numbness of the tongue or other areas of the mouth
swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable
See your dentist or physician if any of the above symptoms lasts for more than 2 weeks.
Have an Exam
A head and neck exam should be a routine part of your dental visit. Ask your dentist or physician to do the exam at least once a year.
Lower Your Risk
Donít use tobacco products--cigarettes, chew or snuff, pipes, or cigars
If you drink alcohol, do so only in moderation
Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables (research suggests that such a diet might lower the risk of oral cancer)
Remember: Early detection saves lives!
For more information on oral cancer, contact
The National Oral Health
1 NOHIC Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3500
Voice: (301) 402-7364
TTY: (301) 656-7581
Fax: (301) 907-8830