The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin called mucosa that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological development. The most serious of these is oral cancer.
The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathologic process or cancerous growth:
- Reddish or whitish patches in the mouth.
- A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily.
- A lump or thickening on the skin lining on the inside of the mouth.
- Chronic sore throat or hoarseness. Difficulty in chewing or swallowing.
These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology, and curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer. We would recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores! Please contact us so we may help.