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With regular dental screenings and self-examinations, tumors of the oral cavity and throat can be detected early. Those who consume alcohol, use tobacco, or have been exposed to other carcinogens are especially at risk.

For some, regular dental visits are not always possible. For this reason the Foundation aggressively promotes education to help people recognize symptoms.

Symptoms Include:
  • Prolonged presence of a white or red patch in the oral cavity
  • A sore in the mouth that does not heal within 14 days
  • Prolonged toothache or sore throat
  • Pain or difficulty in swallowing, speaking or chewing
  • Changes in one's voice
  • Hoarseness which lasts for a long time
  • A lump or mass which can be felt inside the mouth or neck
  • Numbness in the oral/facial region
  • Persistent oral pain
  • Swelling in the jaw or mouth
  • Loosening of teeth
  • Weight changes
The presence of any of these symptoms may or may not be cancerous, but it is important that the professional opinion of a dentist or doctor be sought if the problem(s) persist.
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