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A 42-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get tongue cancer?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
YES..: This is likely due to tobacco use (including smokeless), and alcohol use. If use is great, cancer can come early, or present by about 50 years of age. There are all kinds of mutations that occur in cells due to this and these cause cancer cells to develop. Oral cancers like this can present as non-healing, painful ulcers. Whatever you do, don't use tobacco or smoke if you don't want this.
Dr. Majid Jamali
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Tongue cancer: Sure. It is the most common area in the mouth.

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Is there a way i can get tongue cancer?

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See below: Hpv is a common cause of tongue and throat cancer in young people related to sexual contact. In older folks, it is caused by smoking and drinking.
A 23-year-old member asked:

Can you get tongue cancer because of a tongue piercing?

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Dr. Amir Faridi
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No: There is no data that tongue piercing can cause cancer.
A member asked:

Do lots of people get tongue cancer, or is it unusual?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Increasing cases: In the US, the number of new tongue cancer is increasing due to HPV infections mostly in men. There are more than 10,000 new cases annually in the US. Other risk factors include tobacco smoking or chewing and alcohol use.

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