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A 24-year-old male asked:

My bro had bad habits, now he is suufering from red patches inside his mouth which are not going , does it means cancer?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Red patches in: A young man is best diagnosed by a dentist, and more likley an infection than a cancer. Usually chronic inflammation can be a risk for oral cancers, and infections with hpv of throat cancers. But knowing, preventing, changing behavior is another thing.
Dr. John Geisler
Gynecologic Oncology 27 years experience
Oral lesions: He needs to be seen by an ear, nose and throat doctor. He probably needs biopsies to see whether or not it is cancer.
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
See a physician: Bad habits? Depends what that is? Alcohol and tobacco (especially chewing) increases the risk of head and neck cancer. What is the age -- low risk in young, much higher in an older multi year user. See a physician -- primary care, ent, or oral specialist such as a dentist or oral surgeon.

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