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A tumor is a lump that grows under the skin or inside the bone. It grows
slowly but steadily, usually without any pain.
If the swelling does not get better after 5 days of antibiotics and heat
treatment (page 94), it may be a tumor.
Do not waste any more medicine or any more time. A tumor may be
cancer. Send for medical help. Surgery is needed to remove a tumor.
Any sore or bump that does not
heal within 2 weeks may be cancer.
The lips and tongue are the 2
places in the mouth where cancer
starts most often. Also check
the floor of the mouth under the
tongue, the soft part of the roof of
the mouth, and the gums.
Cancer is deadly.
Cancer can spread quickly to the inside of the person’s body where you
cannot see it. This can lead to the person’s death. But cancer can be treated
if you notice it early.
Whenever you treat a sore and it does not get better, send the person for
medical help immediately. A doctor can cut out a piece from the sore, look at
it under a microscope, and decide if it is cancer. If it is cancer, you will need