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A 31-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to develop oral cancer symptoms?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mazin Kizy
Dentistry 22 years experience
Sometimes never: If you believe you way have oral cancer see a dentist as soon as possible. Sometimes there are no symptoms. By the time you develope symptoms it is very late.
Dr. Ronald Koslowski
Prosthodontics 30 years experience
Could take years: It also depends on if you smoke, drink alcohol, or engage in other high risk behaviors. Don't wait for symptoms to appear, though. Your dentist should be doing an oral cancer exam to detect early signs and pre-cancerous lesions. This should be done at every checkup visit.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for oral cancer to develop?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
It can take long.: Most patients present at over age 50. Tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco, is certainly a risk factor. There may be few or no symptoms. Mouth cancers can present as non healing ulcers that can be painful. Rarely, there can be painless lymph node enlargement. Patients are staged by size of tumor and lymph node involvement.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How do people develop oral cancer?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Carcinogens: Carcinogens usually will cause changes in the tissues that will result in cancerous growths. Many times these carcinogens are introduced through smoking cigarettes and the use of smokeless tobacco.
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A 18-year-old male asked:

What are possible symptoms of oral cancer?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Oral cancer: painless white lesion lasting greater than three weeks, lesion that bleeds with little trauma, non-tender firm neck mass.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
White, red, or bleeding lesions of greater than 2 weeks duration. Usually painless, but not exclusively. Enlarged lymph glands. Mass or swelling of more than 2 weeks duration. Aberration in tongue, lip, cheek, palate function. These signs are not exclusive to oral cancer, so if you have concern see your General Dentist. Further referral to Oral Surgeon or ENT may be in order.
Jan 31, 2017

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