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gum lesion

I have found a small (about 3 mm)  fleshy white-pink lesion where the cheek tissue meets my gums on the upper right side.  The area feels slightly raised when i touch it with my tongue.

I found it after looking because I started having pain there,  I'm pretty sure the pain  started suddenly about a few days ago.   The pain is confined only to the surface and there are no other symptoms.

Does this sound typical of a cancerous lesion?   Should I relax for a week to see if it goes away?

I am a 30 year old male who smoked heavily for 10 years and quit a year ago.
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Pain is a late finding for oral cancers.  Therefore, you should make an appointment to see a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon as soon as possible.

If the lesion disappears by the time the surgeon examines you - be happy!

There are many other entities which may cause the same symptoms.  In any case, the area should be examined by a professional.

Information contained within this reply is intended solely for general educational purposes and is not intended nor implied to be a medical diagnosis or treatment recommendation.  This is not a substitute for professional medical advice relative to your specific medical condition or question. Always seek the advice of your own doctor for medical condition. Only your doctor can provide specific diagnoses and therapies.

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