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A 20-year-old male asked:

I am a smoker and the back of my tongue is a dark blue color under both sides and on the right side there is a strange white sore. could it be cancer?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
The best way to: Find this out is with either an ear nose throat evaluation or see your dentist. There are blood vessels running under the tongue which gives a blue hue. A white sore on the tongue could be an inflamed taste bud.
Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 34 years experience
Possibly: If the 'strange white sore' has been present for more then 10-14 days or frequently reoccurs, then i would definitely have this evaluated by on oral surgeon. Even if it does resolve on it's own with in this time period you should have a head and neck exam done every six months by a qualified dentist, as your risk of oral cancer is high. While i know you have heard this before - stop smoking!
Dr. David Martin
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Oral lesion: While you are young and cancer from smoking is rare, any oral lesion should be investigated if it does not resolve spontaneously. I would see an ENT to evaluate this lesion.

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