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A 32-year-old member asked:

Is there a way i can get tongue cancer?

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Dr. David Kam
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 36 years experience
See below: Hpv is a common cause of tongue and throat cancer in young people related to sexual contact. In older folks, it is caused by smoking and drinking.
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Tobacco, alcohol: The majority of people who get tongue cancer have a strong history of tobacco use (either smoking or chewing) and/or alcohol use. The best thing you can do to reduce your risk is to eliminate tobacco use and moderate your alcohol consumption.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get tongue cancer?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
YES..: This is likely due to tobacco use (including smokeless), and alcohol use. If use is great, cancer can come early, or present by about 50 years of age. There are all kinds of mutations that occur in cells due to this and these cause cancer cells to develop. Oral cancers like this can present as non-healing, painful ulcers. Whatever you do, don't use tobacco or smoke if you don't want this.
A 23-year-old member asked:

Can you get tongue cancer because of a tongue piercing?

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Dr. Amir Faridi
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
No: There is no data that tongue piercing can cause cancer.
A member asked:

Do lots of people get tongue cancer, or is it unusual?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Increasing cases: In the US, the number of new tongue cancer is increasing due to HPV infections mostly in men. There are more than 10,000 new cases annually in the US. Other risk factors include tobacco smoking or chewing and alcohol use.

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