Story URL: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=213591
Story Retrieval Date: 12/22/2014 12:21:09 AM CST
Some of the symptoms of oral/pharyngeal cancer:
-A sore or lesion in the mouth that does not heal within two weeks.
-A lump or thickening in the cheek.
-A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth.
-A sore throat or a feeling that something is caught in the throat.
-Difficulty chewing or swallowing.
-Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue.
-Numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth.
-Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable.
Listing provided by Martin Hogan, division director of dental medicine at the Loyola University Health System, the university's medical center.