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Chronic mouth ulcers and sores means oral cancer?

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Old 06-27-2006, 06:54 PM   #1
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Chronic mouth ulcers and sores means oral cancer?


I saw this post on a messageboard and it kind of scared me as if I dont got enough to worry about....

One point though, it can be a symptom of oral cancer - so if it doesn't go away GET IT CHECKED OUT!!!

I have had mouth irritations and sores and ulcers for like the last month. I did have small ulcers that I could see in my lower right cheek a few weeks ago and they arent there. I still feel irritation though on my right cheek in different places. It hurts when I eat certain stuff like donuts or pizza for example. I also feel just a lot of unexplainable discomfort.

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Old 06-28-2006, 09:35 AM   #2
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Re: Chronic mouth ulcers and sores means oral cancer?

Ulcers and various other types of mouth sores don't necessarily mean it's a sign of oral cancer. Depending on the type of sores that they are, they can be triggered by a reaction to foods or medicines, or could be caused by various medical treatments. Some people with weakened immune systems can experience outbreaks of some types of mouth sores.

It's best to go to your dentist and have them checked. Your dentist can help determine what might be the cause of them and how to treat them.

Old 06-29-2006, 07:23 AM   #3
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Re: Chronic mouth ulcers and sores means oral cancer?

To me it sounds like Oral Lichen Planus, which can be relieved by a mouthwash your dentist can prescribe for you. If you do an online search, you can find symptoms and pictures that will probably look very close to what you're experiencing. There are varying degrees of intensity of this, from simple discomfort and tenderness on occassion, to actual sores like you're experiencing. The fact that they're coming and going tells me it's not cancer as cancer doesn't go away. And lower cheek is a prime spot for Lichen Planus to pop up. You mention pizza irritates it - that would be the acid from the sauce, as tomatoes and tomato products are well-known irritants for this disorder. It's not something that can be 'cured' but it can be controlled by a mouthwash when you feel the irritation coming on. Let your dentist have a look at it just to verify that's what it is, and he'll also give you a prescription for the mouthwash to use a couple times a day to not only clear it up, but will make it feel a whole lot better.

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Re: Chronic mouth ulcers and sores means oral cancer?

Another alternative is rinsing your mouth with salt water 2 or 3 times per day, which usually gets rid of mouth ulcers

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