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Can a teen have mouth cancer?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 29 years experience
It is possible.: Alcohol and tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco, is certainly a risk factor. Most patients present at over age 50. There may be few or no symptoms. If a teen uses alcohol and/or tobacco a lot, he/she may get it, but it usually takes long. Some patients with burkitt's lymphoma can have head/neck lesions at pre-teen age.
Dr. Helen Mabry
General Surgery 24 years experience
Unlikely: Cancer of the mouth is related to age and happens more commonly in older people. Mouth problems in teens are more likely benign. If something abnormal is present in the mouth for more than two weeks you should see your doctor for evaluation.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Rarely: Epstein Barr virus infection can cause mouth cancer in a teenager, but the lesion is uncommon in the US. In a susceptible teenager, tobacco may induce mouth cancer in a short time, again, rarely.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 29 years experience
Thank you. Nice answer.
Mar 24, 2012

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