Dentistry/Sores on cheek-mouth cancer?
I have a lot of bumps on my cheeks (not painful unless I bite my cheek though) that I have had for several years.
I checked my mouth for signs of leukoplakia or mouth cancer, and I saw that all around my cheeks/mouth (not just on the bumps) large areas of the skin was kind of cloudy/chalky – slightly lighter shade of pink but not white.
The “bump” areas were not more discolored than other areas (in fact they looked more reddish/pink).
Would this sound like just normal discoloration plus canker sores that don’t go away? Or could it be leukoplakia/precancer/cancer?
And…..who should I see about this? A doctor (ENT???) or a dentist?
this is tough to give you any definitive answers without seeing things in person. you should see your dentist and have him/her take a look and give you a definitive answer. if he/she has any questions, he/she can refer you to an oral surgeon for a more definitive diagnosis. an oral surgeon is the one who can do a biopsy if needed...and is also the one to do the treatment if something needs removal. make the call and get in...that will put your mind at ease.
jeff dalin, dds