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what is leukoplakia and cancer does it lead to

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amir Faridi
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
Oral cancer: Leukoplakia is white chalky like substance in oral cavity which can lead to oral cancer.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
43 years experience Endodontics
White patch: It can be a precursor to squamous cell carcinomas.
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
49 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Reference Site: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002041/.

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
29 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Can be pre-cancerous: Leukoplakia is a thickening of the lining of the mouth tissues and is due to reaction from local irritation or inflammation and is common in tobacco u ... Read More
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Can be: Leukoplakia may be a precursor to cancer and needs to be evaluated by a doctor. Sometimes a biopsy and examination of the tissue by a pathologist is r ... Read More
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Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
49 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Reference Site: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002041/.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Gold
43 years experience Internal Medicine
Premalignant state: Leukoplakia is a premalignant condition. Its presence is indicative of an increased possibility of malignancy developing.
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
43 years experience Endodontics
Precursor: Leukoplakia. Means white patch. Chemical or mechanical (irritations) can cause this. Over time, these can evolve into cancer.
Dr. Thomas Yash
45 years experience Dentistry
A Change: Leukoplakia is a whitish film, plague or tissue in the mouth. It is different color change than the red or pink gingivia. It means that something ca ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elton Behner
36 years experience Dentistry
It can sometimes: be a precursor to cancer if chronic irritation of the tissue is allowed to exist. It should be checked visually on an annual basis and verified regula ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raja Mudad
31 years experience Medical Oncology
Not well known: Usually in months and not days or weeks.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Yes: Yes, leukoplakia can be pre-malignant, or even malignant. Leukoplakia is a clinical diagnosis, a biopsy is needed for definitive diagnosis.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Achong
17 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Unknown: There is no way to know the exact time it will take for leukoplakia to turn to cancer. Sometimes leukoplakia may not necessarily turn into cancer. ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Not Cancer: Cancer never 'comes and goes'. So, no. It is not cancer.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
No imminent: danger. You are not in any imminent danger, however, you should follow your doctor's advice for follow-up visits and tests. If you smoke, quit now.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Satloff
39 years experience Pain Management
Unlikely if benign: if the lesion is benign then it is very unlikely to transform into a cancerious focus.
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