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What could a lump on my gum be?

I have a lump on my gum in my mouth. Although, it doesn't hurt it has grown slightly. What could it be?

A lump anywhere could be cancer. It might not be, but it could be. Cancerous lumps are not always painful. You might need to have a small piece of the lump removed and the cells examined under a microscope. This test is called a biopsy. 

As always with cancer, the earlier a mouth cancer is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat and more likely it is to be cured. You should always get unexplained lumps checked by a doctor. Or you can ask your dentist to have a look at it for you. Your dentist will not be able to diagnose your lump if it is cancer. But they can advise you about getting it checked by a doctor and can contact your GP to suggest you have a biopsy. Dentists are often the first to spot mouth cancers in their patients. That is a good reason for having regular dental check ups.

There is information about the symptoms of mouth cancer and seeing a specialist in the mouth and oropharyngeal section.

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Updated: 28 March 2013