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Does oral cancer affect children differently than adults?

Oral cancer has the same symptoms, treatment, and prognosis in both children and adults. Symptoms of oral cancer include persistent mouth sores, unexplained bleeding in the mouth, and difficulty swallowing, among others. If your child has any of these symptoms, take him or her to a doctor as soon as possible. Fortunately, oral cancer is rare in children.

Oral cancer does not generally affect children. Usually, growths in the mouth are not cancerous. However, when oral cancer does occur in children, the treatments of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are basically the same as in adults.

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