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Possible mouth cancer

15 Sep 2020 18:18

I was told by my dentist to contact my gp and she hinted at cancer. I have a very painful swelling / lump (maybe salivary gland?) above jaw line, a one sided sore throat, one sided back of tongue pain and ear ache. My neck also hurts and a slight swelling near collar bones. I never put all these symptoms together before today. Symptoms were here for weeks (3 to 4 months actually).


No appointment available till next week.


I'm feeling very scared. Could it really be?

Possible mouth cancer

16 Sep 2020 10:01 in response to Painting

Hello and thanks for your post

I'm sorry you are worried about your health. Things like this are inevitably stressful, but try if you can not to anticipate what might be the matter. The majority of mouth and throat symptoms are not cancerous so something else could easily be going on instead. 

The next step is to see the GP and see what their advice is. If necessary, they may refer you to the hospital for further tests.

I think until then, no one will be able to tell you any more for now. All you can do is try your best to hold your nerve until then, which I know isn't easy.

Try not to google your symptoms as the information online is general and not specific to you. It cannot replace the information that a doctor can give you after a medical assessment.

I hope you know more about your situation soon. Give us a ring if you want to talk things through. The number to call is Freephone 0808 800 4040 and the lines are open from 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday.

Kind regards,