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white patches on my gums developed 1 year back & i applied creams it was fine, later it started to spread whole mouth? is it symptom of oral cancer?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 52 years experience
Need an exam: While there are a number of causes of white patches in the mouth, the fact that it involves the whole mouth suggests Candidiasis, Leukoplakia or Lichen Planus. Candidiasis is due to yeast and will scrape off. Lichen Planus is an inflammatory hypersensitivity disorder and has a lacey appearance. A biopsy will tell if Leukoplakia is premalignant or due to hyperkeratosis. See your Dr.
Dr. Jane Lykins
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Needs evaluated ASAP: This could just be recurrent oral thrush, but you must have cancer ruled out. You can start by seeing your primary care doctor, but you may want to see an oral surgeon to have an expert opinion.

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Last updated May 19, 2016

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