Usually there are always some minor symtoms to start with and if identified earler, we have a good chance of complete cure from the cancer.Here are some of the commonly felt clinical features of mouth cancers (oral cancers).
Mouth ulcers that do not heal: A broken area of skin (ulcer) that will not heal can be a symptom of mouth cancer. Most people with mouth cancer have this symptom.
A swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable
Pain or discomfort in your mouth that doesn’t go away
White or red patches in the mouth.
An abnormal-looking patch could be a sign of cancer or precancerous changes. These patches are not cancer, but if left untreated, they may lead to cancer.
A fungal infection called oral thrush can also cause red and white patches.
Bleeding: nose, mouth or throat- unusual bleeding or pain in the mouth.
Swallowing problems: Difficulty in swallowing
Pain or a burning sensation when chewing and swallowing food. You might feel like food is sticking in your throat.
You may also feel cough while swallowing any food.
Speech problems: You might sound different- change in voice - quieter or husky- hoarseness of voice. It may sound as if you have a cold all the time. You might slur some of your words or have trouble pronouncing certain sounds.
A lump in your neck: You may have a lump in your neck caused by an enlarged lymph node due to cancer. Lumps that come and go are usually not due to cancer. Cancer typically forms a lump that slowly gets bigger.
Weight loss: Mouth cancer can make it painful to eat and difficult to swallow, which can cause weight loss.