The lining of the mouth and lips is usually smooth and pink in color. Any change in physical appearance could be a sign of disease. An area of expertise with Dr. Lee is in the diagnosis and management of diseases of the mouth, face and jaws. If you have any of the following signs or symptoms, we recommend that you visit us for a complete evaluation and consultation:
- unusual red or white areas of the lining of the mouth and lips
- a non-healing sore that easily bleeds
- any lump that you recently noticed
- Chronic sore throat or hoarse voice
- Difficulty with chewing or swallowing
These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology and, curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer.
We would recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly and remember that your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. Please contact us so we may help.