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A 30-year-old member asked:

What are the most common symptoms of tongue cancer?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Oral issues: Tongue cancer symptoms depend on the location i.e. Anterior tongue (visible part) or tongue base (back of tongue). Usually, noticeable growths or ulcers in the tongue can be seen and which can be painful or bleed. Larger cancers can cause difficulty with chewing or swallowing and neck nodes can be enlarged if the cancer has spread.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Pain: Most common is pain. Specially when chewing and using the tongue. When pressing on it it's also painful. There can be bleeding, cracks or ulcers, even a bad odor. Sometimes there is just a thin white or red plaque that doesn't hurt or cause symptoms buy can't be scraped off or removed. It the cancer spreads to lymph nodes there may be lumps in the neck.

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What are the symptoms of tongue cancer?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Sometimes none: You may not have any outward symptoms (pain, redness, swelling), but a lesion that does not heal after two weeks should be examined and evaluated. You may not even be able to see every nook and cranny in your mouth, so that's why it's best to have your dentist take a look.
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Can you have tongue cancer, and if so, is it common for doctors to remove the tongue?

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Yes : A person certainly can have tongue cancer. The type of cancer it is and the extent of the cancer will determine the extent of the surgery required.
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How common is tongue cancer cigar smoking?

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Greatly increased: The chance of getting mouth cancer (including tongue cancer, but others as well) is increased as the amount of cigar smoking increases. The risk is about 15-20 times that of non-smokers. Alcohol consumption also increases the risk.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of mouth or tongue cancer?

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Dr. Robert Tupac
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Changes: Changes in the mouth tissues--growths, changes in color, white spots or spots that bleed, areas that don't ever seem to heal completely--these are things that should be examined by your dentist.

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