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Lip Cancer Symptoms

Lip cancer is the cancerous growth of the cells and tissues of the lip. It is formed from the tissues of the mouth or lips and includes almost all areas of the lips and mouth.

Generally, lip cancer is found in the epithelial cells, which are the upper most sensitive levels of skin found around the mouth on either the upper or lower lip. In more serious cases, the lip cancer may also involve the deeper layers of the mouth including the soft tissues, muscular or nerve cells in the face, gums and neck.

People over 40 are more prone to the lip cancer and the incidence is greater in women than in men. Other risk factors are light skin, smoking and exposure to sun.

Here are few signs and symptoms of lip cancer:

  • Prominent visibility of red and/or white patches around the mouth or lips
  • A lump or lumps on the lip, in the mouth, on the tongue, or in the throat
  • Having a sore lip that doesn’t heal
  • Bleeding inside or around the mouth
  • Loss of teeth
  • Difficulty in chewing food
  • Pain while swallowing or difficult swallowing
  • Difficulty in wearing dentures
  • Lump of your neck and having earaches
  • Swollen, painful jaw
  • Earache
  • Change in voice
  • Hoarseness
  • Bad breathe
  • oral pain
  • sore throat
  • Ear Pain
  • Intense chronic itching
  • Discoloured lump
  • Lymphadenopathy

Factors which rise the symptoms of the lip cancer are:

  • Tobacco.
  • Alcohol.
  • Exposure to sun light.
  • Being Male.
  • People with light skin.
  • Infected with Human Papilloma Virus.

Facts about the symptoms of lip cancer: The cells and tissue of the face are interconnected. Infection caused to healthy cells of one organ by the malignant cancer cells, spreads these harmful cells in other organs too quickly. As a result, symptoms of most of the oral cancers like lip cancer (most common of oral cancer type), are known at the later stages. Even if the symptoms are identified and early treatment cure the disease, there is a 20% higher risk of recurrence again of this disease. This threat of recurrence of oral lip cancer can last for 5-10 years after the first occurrence.

2 responses to Lip Cancer Symptoms

  1. I have had a lump/lesion on my bottom lip for months, it is very painful and keeps changing colour. Sometimes it is white and other times, almost blue/black. At one point, it bled by just touching it ie, drinking coffee when the cup touched it, it started bleeding. It hasn’t bled for a couple of weeks now. What is it?

  2. Wonderful experience coming to this site! I have bookmarked it. Thanks a lot! Lip cancer is a malignant tumor of the cells of the lips. Commonest causes for the malignancy include: excessive smoking, excessive drinking, chewing tobacco, sun exposure and HPV infection.

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