I have certain changes in the mouth. Is it cancer?

Q. Noticed a few changes in my mouth. Are they suggestive of cancer?

Answered by
Dr. Naveen Thomas
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 08, 2016 and last reviewed on: Aug 27, 2023

Hi doctor,

I just wanted to know if the attached pictures are suggestive of mouth cancer.



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I saw both the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). They are just normal features seen inside the mouth. The bluish black you see is a blood vessel and the whitish color of the cheeks is just keratinized epithelium. So, do not worry and they are not a form of cancer. Thank you.

Thank you doctor,

I was referring to the red protrusion under the tongue. I am attaching another picture. Can you please see this?



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I saw the red bulge (attachment removed to protect patient identity), but that too is just a normal growth, which is not at all related to cancer. Did you have it for a very long time or you are seeing it for the past few days? Do you have any pain related to it? Does your tongue burn when you try hot or spicy food?

Thank you doctor,

I have noticed it a week back. There is no pain. But, I am having intermittent jaw pain. I do not feel any burning sensation in the tongue.



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There is no need to worry as it is just a swelling, which will go away in a week or two. If it does not go away after three weeks or increases in size, then send a picture to me. Intermittent jaw pain can be due to the eruption of wisdom tooth on both sides. Kindly check whether your teeth are coming out.

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