| | gum cancer? help!
Hello, someone very very close to me has developed a lump about the size of a pea or a little smaller below her tooth (bottom gum). A couple days beforehand, she had 2 canker sores in her mouth, one on or near the area where the lump is now and one further back. The lump is a darkish red/maroon color (best way to describe it) and is very hard. It doesn't move, its just there. She is 43 years old and has been a smoker since she was 12/13. I would consider her a probably a heavy smoker. She has excellent dental hygiene though and has only had a cavity or 2. My questions is, does oral cancer of the gum usually just appear as a hard lump? Or does it start out small and grow? I can't get her to go to the doctor she's very stubborn. And I don't want to lose her. Doesn't squamous cell carcinoma start out as a lesion or ulcer of some sort? I'm at a loss of words and need some info. From what I've ready, gum cancer is somewhat rare which I found odd. NY info would greatly be appreciated.