Cancers of the Mouth

Oral cancers are malignant tumours that can affect many areas of the mouth, including the lips, the tongue, and the pharynx.


  • Wounds or ulcers that do not heal within two weeks.
  • Growths on the lips.
  • Red or white marks on the lips, the tongue, or on the edges of the lips.
  • There are, of course, other cases that can present themselves with the same symptoms. It is recommended to self examine the mouth from time to time, and to consult a health professional if any of the symptoms mentioned present themselves. Regular dental exams allow the detection of these lesions.


  • Completely stopping the use of tobacco products.
  • Moderate consumption of alcohol.
  • Regular dental exams.
  • More frequent checkups for people who have previously had other cancers, or if they have a deficient immune system.

Dental and oral problems

  Abfraction Abrasion Abscess Ankylosis Anodontia Attrition Broken fillings Bruxism Candidiasis Canker sore (aphthous ulcer) Cavity Cold sore (oral herpes) Crossbite Denture irritation Denture stomatitis (prosthetic stomatitis) Dry Socket Erosion Fluorosis Gingival hyperplasia Gingival pocket Gingivitis Gum disease Gum recession Halitosis Jaw problems Hyperdontia (supernumerary teeth) Hypocalcification Hypodontia Impacted tooth (tooth impaction) Leukoplakia Lichen planus Malocclusion Micrognathia (micrognathism) Mucocele Oligodontia Oral Cancers Overbite Overjet Pericoronitis Periodontal pocket Periodontitis Plaque Prognathia (prognatism) Resorption Retrognathia (retrognatism) Sensitive teeth Sleep apnea Tartar Tooth discolouration Torus Trismus Ulcer Xerostomia


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Last update: 29th of May 2008.