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A 30-year-old member asked:

My tongue has white spot. is it possible to get tongue cancer after one month of smoking?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Yes, however...: It is possible to get tongue cancer even if you have never smoked (though smoking does increase the risk) so having smoked only a month does not mean this is impossible. However, a white spot on your tongue is not necessarily cancer- it may turn out to be nothing serious at all. But because tongue cancer is serious & best treated as soon as possible i advise you see a doctor soon to evaluate it.
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral &Maxillofacial Surgery 19 years experience
Unlikely: 1 month of smoking probably will not cause tongue cancer. Usually you will have to smoke many years. However, have the white spot looked at by your dentist.
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