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A male asked:

How common is mouth cancer in 16 year olds?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Rare: Smoking of any kind and use of alcohol will increase your risk over time. Get six month soft tissue examination at your regular dental check ups. No need to worry at your current age.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Very rare: Although other types of cancers are prevalent in children and teens, cancers of the oral cavity are very rare. physical irritation, such as the untreated sharp edge of a broken tooth, alcohol abuse, smoking anything, and mot especially use of tobacco in any form, is associated with increased risk of oral cancer. So don't. If you have a question, see your Dentist for an exam.

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How do I know if a 15 year old has mouth cancer?

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Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
Sleep Medicine 26 years experience
Unlikely: It would be rare at that age. Diagnosis requires an expert such as ENT or oral surgeon and often needs biopsy as appearnces can mislead . Tumors grow or ulcerate and do not go away over time . Have it checked as even non cancerous lesions may be a sign of other medical conditions.
Last updated May 26, 2017


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