Cancer in the jaw is painful. It can also cause swelling, thus changing the appearance of the face.
Cancer in the jaw is painful. It can also cause swelling, thus changing the appearance of the face. Sometimes, it may cause the teeth to fall off as well, causing pain and bleeding. Most jaw cancers do not start in the jaw rather they start in the mouth, throat, or salivary glands. Technically, these are mouth and throat cancer but not jaw cancer. There are rare bone cancers that affect the jaw, accounting for only 1 percent of all head and neck cancers.
Medically Reviewed on 4/22/2021
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