Here are the common signs, which if persist more than 2 weeks, consult a doctor.

  • a chronic sore in the mouth that won't go away
  • Dentures that pain or don't fit properly due to swelling in the jaw
  • In the cheek, a bump or thickening
  • A bump on the backside of the neck
  • Gums, tongue, tonsils, or mouth lining with a white or red spot
  • Swallowing or chewing difficulties
  • Lesions in your mouth or lips that are red or white
  • The sensation of something trapped in your throat, such as a lump or an item
  • Swellings that make it tough to wear dentures
  • Numbness
  • Mouth ache that won't go away
  • The teeth are loosening.
  • Loss of weight
  • The tone of voice shifts.
  • Bad breath that doesn't go away
  • Experiencing tooth or jaw pain?
  • Tenderness
  • One of your ears hurts, but you don't lose your hearing.
  • Neck or ear pain that doesn't seem to go away
  • Dentures that don't fit well
  • Having difficulty moving your jaw or tongue, or having difficulty chewing, swallowing, or speaking
  • Loose teeth yet have no obvious dental cause
  • Hoarseness or a lingering sore throat

Early signs and symptoms of oral cancer can be misinterpreted as a toothache or a cold. If your symptoms last for several weeks or months, you should contact a doctor so that if you have oral cancer, it can be recognised as soon as possible. Many of the symptoms induced by oral tumours could be caused by other, less serious diseases or malignancies.