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My question is is if you had a 16 year oldpatient that doesn't smoke drink or chew. and had a lump inside their tongue. inside. would you think cancer?

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Dr. Shariq Refai answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

That is not: That is not the first thing i would think no. Depends on multiple things however. Could be multiple things, an appropriate physical exam and history would be needed with appropriate tests.

Answered 9/11/2013

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Dr. Stephen Gordon answered

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See your dentist: There are many things that can cause a lump to develop, that are not cancer. Trauma or infection are possible causes. But: you need to see a dentist for a thorough evaluation, and if necessary a biopsy to rule out cancer.

Answered 9/11/2013

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Dr. Nick Debnath answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Unlikely: To be cancer. Many congenital or acquired lesions are possible including benign cysts, fibromas, vascular malformations, and even rarer condition such as ectopic thyroid tissue within the tongue or amyloidosis. Oral tongue cancer is possible but extremely rare in this pediatric age group. Proper exam and possible imaging by an ENT doctor is recommended.

Answered 6/10/2014

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