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: Dec 22, 2020

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.

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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?

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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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