Oral cancer appears as a growth or sore on the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses and throat. The most common symptoms include: swellings, lumps, rough spots, white or red patches and unexplained bleeding. Other symptoms include pain or tenderness in head or neck, persistent sores lasting over two weeks, difficulty swallowing, chronic sore throat, and dramatic weight loss. At your check up we do an oral cancer exam and if something looks suspicious we perform an Oral CDX brush biopsy to check the cells for any pathology. If the results determine further tests are required we will give you an appropriate referral.