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Mouth Cancer

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about mouth cancer?

Cancer cells can form on your lips or inside your mouth. The most common type of mouth cancer is squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). SCC is a slow growing cancer that usually does not spread. Squamous cells are found in the skin, organs, respiratory tract, and digestive tract.

Mouth Anatomy

What increases my risk for mouth cancer?

What are the signs and symptoms of mouth cancer?

How is mouth cancer diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will check the inside of your cheeks and lips. Your provider will also check your gums, tongue, and the top and bottom of your mouth. Your provider will feel your neck for swollen lymph glands. Tell your provider if you have a personal or family history of cancer. You may also need any of the following:

How is mouth cancer treated?

What can I do to manage or prevent mouth cancer?

Where can I find support and more information?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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