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A 19-year-old female asked:

Is it true that you can get mouth cancer if you keep biting off the skin in your mouth? i have a habit of doing that sometimes

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Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
No: This is not a known risk factor for oral cancer.
Dr. Robert Brodsky
Dentistry 58 years experience
NO!: Biuting skin has no known carcinogenic effect.
Dr. Charles Kattuah
Dentistry 23 years experience
Not likely: Oral cancer has many factors in its etiology or causes. This is not one that i know of. However when you habitually bite your cheek or lip what you can do is cause the tissue to react to the irritation. What normally happens is that the mucosa will become callous from the deposition of kerratin protein from the epithelium. This manifests as a thickening and whitish color change.

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