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Symptoms of oral cancer

Posted on December 24, 2014 10:24 am under Medical Malpractice

Oral cancer occurs when cancerous cells develop and multiply in any of the mouth’s parts. It can form on the lips, the tongue, the gums, the roof and floor of the mouth, and the inside lining of the cheeks. Although early signs and symptoms of oral cancer may hardly be noticeable, a dental health professional should be able to tell whether a tissue change in the mouth suggests cancer. Unfortunately, some dental practitioners are not attentive enough to initiate oral cancer tests at the first signs of the disease.

Signs and symptoms of oral cancer may include:

  • A sore in the mouth that does not heal within two weeks
  • White or reddish patch, or the thickening of the mouth’s lining
  • A lump in the mouth that may look like a simple canker sore
  • Pain and/or stiffness of the jaw
  • Sore throat
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Loose teeth, or ill-fitting dentures
  • Pain in the tongue

Some cases of oral cancer could have been promptly treated if the dental care practitioner had not failed to notice the signs. If you have been adversely affected by dental malpractice in Wisconsin, speak with an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 today.