The symptoms and signs of oral cancer are often similar to many other conditions in the mouth. One of the closely related conditions to oropharyngeal cancer, tumors in the mouth and throat can be both benign (noncancerous) and precancerous.
These tumors may be treated and may not be treated depending on the diagnosis. These are some of the benign tumors that may be found in the mouth and throat:
- Condyloma acuminatum (often referred to as genital warts)
- Eosinophilic granuloma
- Odontogenic tumor
- Pyogenic granuloma
- Verruciform xanthoma
Diagnosis is the only way to determine if these related conditions are cancerous, precancerous or benign.