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10 symptoms of mouth cancer you should never ignore

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 19/11/2017 Laura Hampson
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According to the NHS, below are 10 subtle symptoms that you need to look out for.

1. Mouth ulcers

If you have sore mouth ulcers that don’t heal within several weeks, this is one of the more prominent signs of mouth cancer.

2. Lumps in your mouth

Unexplained and persistent lumps inside the mouth that don’t go away.

3. Lumps in your neck

Unexplained and persistent lumps in your neck’s lymph glands can also be one of the major signs.

4. Difficulty swallowing

If it is painful or difficult to swallow.

5. Small changes in your voice or speech pattern

If you, or someone close to you notices small, unexplained changes in the tone of your voice or speech pattern, this could signal something is up.

6. Unexplained weight loss

Sudden weight loss can be a symptoms of other types of cancer as well, along with diabetes and other health conditions.

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7. Bleeding inside your mouth

If your mouth also feels numb, this is a sign you need to make an appointment with your GP.

8. Loose teeth

If a tooth or number of teeth have become loose for an unexplained reason – or if you have a tooth socket that will not heal.

9. Difficulty moving your jaw

If your jaw is feeling stiff for no obvious reason, or you are struggling to manoeuvre your mouth to eat, this could be a sign.

10. Sore throat

While this is also a symptom of the common cold, a sore throat can signal something more sinister.

When should I see a doctor?

Make an appointment with your doctor if any of the above symptoms persist for more than two weeks. Your doctor will likely diagnose you with something more common like an infection, but it’s always good to check.

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