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A 27-year-old male asked:

I got white patches on my tongue n on inside chicks. doctor predicted it could b leukoplakia. can u please tell me what care should i take? is it cancer?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 44 years experience
Leukoplakia isn't CA: But is pre-cancerous change. Increased in people who use chaw (oral tobacco), abuse mouthwash, certain other conditions. Other conditions can cause white plaques and patches in the mouth; biopsy helps to figure it out-usually done by oral surgeon or oral pathologist.
Dr. Jatin Shah
Dentistry 40 years experience
White patch: Please see a general dentist which may refer you to an oral surgeon. Instead of prediction , better get it diagnosed . An oral surgeon may take biopsy to rule out leukoplakia. Leukoplakia is a precancerous condition . All white lesion in mouth can not be leukoplakia . So see the dentist.

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