Cancer of the oral mucosa
The tumor can develop on the mucous membrane of the cheeks, the alveolar process, the soft and hard palate. The first sign is often the appearance on the mucous membrane of proliferation of the epithelium in the form of a brush, a wart; sometimes redness in a certain place where then erosion occurs - a defect in the mucous and then an ulcer. When probing the area around it, the compaction of the tissue is determined. Relatively early cancer cells spread through the nearby lymph nodes to the surrounding tissues, including the upper or lower jaw tissue.
Leukoplakia deserves special attention - a lesion of the mucous membrane, which can suddenly disappear, and then reappear as a whitish spot located on the mucous membrane of the cheeks, often along the closure of the molar teeth. Leukoplakia is a site of keratinization and desquamation of the epithelium of the mucous membrane and arises due to its constant irritation: with closing teeth, injury with a prosthesis, smoking. Experience shows that the removal of these factors leads to the disappearance of the disease, the resumption of relapse to its recurrence. This is especially evident in people who smoke, when giving up a bad habit almost always relieves them of leukoplakia, and returns to tobacco to repeat it.