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A 45-year-old member asked:

Please tell me if you can get mouth cancer from biting the skin off your gums?

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Dr. Matthew Hyde
Dentistry 41 years experience
Yes and NO: Not directly. But any thing that causes increased cell duplication increases the risk of cancer. Other examples could be a denture sore that's untreated or a bad habit like cheek chewing.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Irritation: Prolonged irritation can can tissue breakdown, even cancer. Although the chances are unlikely unless you do it continuously over a long period of time, check for signs that can include white or red discoloration at the area of irritation. If you are concerned, see your Dentist or a specialist Oral Surgeon for an evaluation.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Please tell me what are the symptoms of tori or mouth cancer?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Let's be clear: Torus of the palate is a common variant, like a chin cleft, and is not cancer. Mouth cancer announces itself as marked discoloration and/or a mass.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Do I have mouth cancer please help me fast - how can I tell please?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Check the mouth.: Mouth cancers can present as nonhealing ulcers that can be painful. Orophayngeal cancers may present late with sore throat and earache. Hoarseness can be a sign of laryngeal cancer. Patients can have painless lymph node enlargement. Staging depends on the size of tumor and lymph node involvement. Alcohol and tobacco use (also smokeless) are risk factors. Patients are usually over age 50.

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Last updated Oct 30, 2016

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