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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Lump inside upper lip

02/28/2002

Question:

I was removing some hair from my upper lip with some nair. When I was removing the nair I felt a lump that moved. The lump seems to be under the skin in the area under my lip in the inside of my mouth. I tried to look inside that area and did not see anything. Should I go to my dentist and see if this could be oral cancer?

Answer:

You should see an otolaryngologist (ENT) trained in head and neck surgery for a complete oral exam. A lump under the lip could be cancer but can just be a minor infection (such as an irritated or inflamed salivary gland). Any new lump in the mouth needs to be checked however, especially if you have any history of tobacco use.

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Lyon L Gleich
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