A member asked:

Is there any link between oral cancer and thyroid cancer? had papillary thyroid cancer now suspicious white/red patch on gums that needs biopsy

5 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Not aware of any link, but if you have a lesion in your mouth that is different from your normal looking gum, go see a doctor or dentist.

Answered Jun 2, 2020


Dr. Devin Cunning answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Oral cancer, generally squamous cell carcinoma, is due to smoking, local trauma or human papilloma virus. There are of course sporadic cases also. However spots/patches may be due to other causes such as infection or autoimmune etiologies.

Answered Feb 11, 2017


Dr. Louis Gallia answered

Specializes in Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

No link. Suspicious oral patches should be biopsied.

Answered Oct 22, 2016



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