Buccal cancer begins in the mucosal lining of the cheeks inside the mouth. Buccal cancer typically starts as a lump, bump or patch inside the cheek (these are called “lesions”). Something suspicious that does not go away after a few weeks is usually discovered either by you, your dentist or another doctor. Most buccal cancers are squamous cell carcinomas (cancer cells come from the cells lining all parts of the inside of the mouth).
Remember, not all lumps, bumps and patches are cancer. If you are concerned about a lesion in your buccal region, see a specialist to have the suspicious area evaluated.