Tests and procedures used to diagnose mouth cancer include: Physical exam. Your doctor or dentist will examine your lips and mouth to look for abnormalities — areas of irritation, such as sores and white patches (leukoplakia). Removal of tissue for testing.
Keeping this in consideration, what are the first signs of oral cancer?
Signs and symptoms of mouth cancer may include:
- A sore that doesn't heal.
- A sore that bleeds.
- A growth, lump or thickening of the skin or lining of your mouth.
- Loose teeth.
- Poorly fitting dentures.
- Tongue pain.
- Jaw pain or stiffness.
- Difficult or painful chewing.
Where does jaw cancer spread to?
In general, oral cavity cancer tends to spread primarily to the lymph nodes of the neck first before it spreads or metastasizes to other areas. The lung is a likely second level of metastasis. Spread to lymph nodes is called locoregional metastasis and spread to the lung (or other organs) called distant metastasis.
Can a cyst in the jaw be cancerous?
Jaw Tumors and Cysts. These include benign tumors and cysts, which are non-cancerous; those that are aggressive and growing, with the potential to become cancerous; and tumors that are malignant, meaning that they are cancerous.