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Oral cancer is cancer in certain parts of the mouth. It can be found on the tongue, throat, soft and hard palate, gums, sinuses, cheeks and mouth floor. If not treated early, all of these locations can lead to further complications and a life-threatening diagnosis. Oral cancer will appear as a growth or sore within the mouth or sometimes on the outer lips. These wounds will never heal and grow over time, causing damage to the surrounding facial tissues and affecting more than just your mouth and throat. There are many signs to look out for if you think you may have the beginnings of oral cancer. However, it is essential to act fast.

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1. Lesions on lips or in mouth

Usually red or white, these lesions can differ in shape and size, but what is important to note is that that will not heal. The red lesions are called erythroplakia and the white, leukoplakia. Both are dangerous, but red is more common than white. Found mostly in the area inside of the mouth, they can also appear on the lips and outer lips too. These sores can be extremely painful, and as the mouth is a constant hive of bacteria, saliva, and movement, they are under continual friction.

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