4. Lump in the Neck

Swollen Lymph Nodes

The lymph nodes located in the neck area are good indicators that something is wrong in the body. If the lymph nodes are hard or lumpy, it’s time to see a physician. The lymph nodes are often affected only after symptoms appear in the mouth and show that oral cancer has progressed. See a physician if a lump in the neck doesn’t resolve itself in a few weeks. 

3. Ill-Fitting Dentures

Denture Tablets

Poorly fitting dentures increase the risk of oral cancer. The use of dentures by itself is associated with an increased risk of developing oral cancer. Though dentures don’t cause cancer, the repeated trauma, inflammation, and infection that occurs with ill-fitting dentures can increase the risk. It’s vital to see a dentist when dentures cause issues because poorly fitting dentures can injure oral tissue. 

2. Ear Pain

Woman,putting,a,finger,into,her,ear

Because oral cancer impacts the nerves in and around the mouth, ear pain can be a sign of oral cancer. If ear pain only affects one side, with no indications of an ear infection, it might have something to do with the area’s nerves. The nerves that affect the mouth and vocal cords are also connected to the ears, making ear pain one of the signs of oral cancer. Persistent pain in one ear may need a doctor’s assessment.

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