Oral cancer, specifically cheek cancer, can form in any part of the mouth. Most cheek cancers begin in the cells that cover the surfaces of the cheek. Tests to diagnose oral cancer include a physical exam, endoscopy, biopsy, and imaging tests.


  • White or red patches in your mouth
  • A mouth sore that won't heal
  • Bleeding in your mouth
  • Problems or pain with swallowing


Oral cancer treatments may include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy or a combination of treatments.

Risk Factors

The risk of developing cheek cancer is higher if you are male, use tobacco, drink lots of alcohol, have HPV, or have a history of head or neck cancer.