Oral Cancer Symptoms

Oral cavity cancer typically features one or more non-healing wounds on the tongue, in the floor of mouth, or along the inner cheek. These lesions can be painful and may bleed, but in some cases they do not cause significant discomfort.

As the lesions increase in size, you may experience:

  • New or increased pain
  • Pain upon swallowing
  • Ear pain
  • A change in speech
  • Uncoordinated swallowing
  • A lump in the neck

The most important thing to note is that sores in the mouth, whether they are related to trauma or a variation of canker sores, should fully heal within a few weeks. If this does not occur, seek a trained professional to evaluate the area.

Left untreated, cancers of the oral cavity can be devastating. Your choice of treatment should take into account potential loss of function in this area. If you have signs or symptoms of oral cancer, call us. The Mount Sinai Health System excels in treating oral cancer.

Our oral cancer specialists function as part of The Tisch Cancer Institute — a multi-disciplinary research and clinical care institution whose membership encompasses all Mount Sinai physicians and researchers whose work involves cancer. Call us today to make an appointment. We care, and we can make a difference.


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Ear, Nose and Throat/Head and Neck Services
5 East 98th Street
New York, NY 10029
Tel: 212-241-9410