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is leukoplakia lethal?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
29 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Not by itself: By itself leukoplakia is not lethal. In many cases it can lead to oral cancer which needs to be treated early and appropriately. Oral cancers can prove to be lethal down the road, especially if they recur or spread.
Answered on Apr 15, 2016
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
43 years experience Endodontics
No: However sometimes it is a precursor to a squamous cell cancer which after years may develop from leukoplakia.
Answered on May 31, 2018

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Dr. Robert Rosenfeld
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White patch: Leukoplakia is a medical term for a flat white lesion on the mucous membranes of the mouth (but possibly elsewhere also). They are not easily scraped ... Read More
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Dr. Daniel Sampson
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Uncommon: But not rare. It is just a thickening of the mucosa due to some type of irritation, whether it be mechanical or chemical.
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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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No: Leukoplakia is not transmissable.
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