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A 33-year-old member asked:

what to do to tell if i have mouth/oral cancer?

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
See specialist: The best answer is to see an ENT who will do a complete mouth/throat along with a complete ENT exam to evaluate for any signs of cancer. Typically cancerous lesions in the mouth are white or red, may bleed easily or not heal, or are slowly enlarging. In the us the risk is definitely increased in smokers, heavy alcohol drinkers, or chewing tobacco users. However there are other causes too.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Exam: Exam by oral surgeon or ENT doc ASAP.

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A 19-year-old member asked:

Could you take a look at a few pictures of my mouth and tell me if anything looks like possible signs of pre oral cancer?

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