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A 41-year-old female asked:

How long tongue cancer does take to develop fully?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Jakubowicz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Depends: Depends what you mean by fully developed. A cancer can occur and grow within weeks to months and can spread equally as quickly or some can develop over short period of time. Each cancer is different.
Dr. Douglas Miller
Pathology 42 years experience
Years, but variable: Most cancers are thought to have long "hidden" development periods in which they are not clinically detectable. Many, but not all, go through "pre-cancerous" stages; most tongue cancers are in this category. I'm not clear if you are asking about time to develop after a particular toxic/carcinogenic exposure, or from some other time point. A new diagnosis today likely means it took years to grow.

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How long can you live with tongue cancer?

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Dr. Amir Faridi
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
Survival: It depends on stage. Localized early stage cancer can be curable

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