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Do people with tongue cancer have a lot of pain?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
When advanced: Early tongue cancers are often not detected because they may not cause pain or bleeding or are not seen at all (if presnt in the tongue base). Most cancers though are locally advanced and cause pain, ulceration, swelling, swallowing difficulty, and sometimes bleeding.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Early cancer no pain: There is typically no pain with an early cancer and many cancers can go undetected until there are more advanced. If you have any concerns about a tongue lesion itis best to see an oral surgeon, or have your general dentist give you a referral for an examination.

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