Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and your medical history. They will examine you, and might arrange one or more tests.
Most people will have a biopsy to diagnose mouth or oropharyngeal cancer.
A biopsy is when the specialist removes a sample of tissue.
This test is called a fine needle aspiration or needle biopsy.
You might have some blood tests to check your general health.
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