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Hello, I've always had little bumps inside my lower lip (at the corners of y mouth) for as long as I can remember. I also have random bumps, ranging in size, in my bottom lip as well. They're not hard as a rock, and I know I've had them for years (I used to suck on my lip when I was younger) I quit chewing tobacco over half a year ago, and of course I'm worried about cancer. I noticed some reddish patches on my lip, and I don't know what they could be. I am attaching a photo to this as well. I've red that reddish patches could mark a sign of squamous cell cancer. I am really worried about this.  Thank you for your time.

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Rob -  The little bumps you show on the picture is completely normal.  In the lips there are hundreds of small minor salivary glands that produce a mucous secretion mixed with saliva.  This helps to lubricate the mouth to help reduce irritation and allow for a a better overall digestion.

So relax - it is all normal.

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I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and I am available to answer questions related to tooth extractions, implant insertion, facial recontruction, facial and oral tumor removal, TMJ dysfunction and various successful treatments, including surgery if all else fails, and occlusal discrepancy requiring orthognathic or jaw surgery.

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