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Tests to diagnose

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.

Biopsy for mouth cancer

A biopsy is when the specialist removes a sample of tissue. 

Lymph node biopsy

This test is called a fine needle aspiration or needle biopsy. 

Blood tests for mouth cancer

You might have some blood tests to check your general health.

Last reviewed: 
08 May 2018
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