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I'm 19 and a smoker. my tongue hurts under the right side so i looked at it and there are darker veins and it looks irritated. could this be cancer?

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Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 29 years experience
Probably not esp: Given your age, but stop smoking and see your doctor. Oral cancer is possible with smoking (and using chewing tobacco as well).
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Probably not: It is probably an inflamed foliate papilla. That being said, do whatever you can to quit smoking. There is nothing as detrimental as your health.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Smoking: Irritates all soft tissues in your mouth. Oral cancer is on the rise & tobacco and alcohol are the two biggest culprits, especially in combination. A word to the wise-stop smoking! darker veins are not abnormal. See a dentist for a thorough full head and neck soft tissue evaluation every 6 months as part of a routine dental checkup. If you have anything suspicious in your mouth, have it checked.

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