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A 42-year-old member asked:

Can a tongue ulcer cause tongue cancer?

4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Murthy Andavolu
Hematology and Oncology 33 years experience
Not really: Tongue ulcers do not turn into cancers but they may be cancers to begin with.
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Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 42 years experience
Not likely: If the tongue ulcer is not from existing diagnosed cancer, then it is not likely. The ulcer should resolve in 10 - 14 days if its cause is a burn or herpes, or aphthous ulcer (under tongue). If it is none of these, you should check with your dentist.
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Needs evaluation: Any lesion if not completely gone in 14 days should be clinically examined by a trained health care practitioner and biopsied if warranted or suspicious. Please don't rely on any internet searches or answers in order to self diagnose yourself. Typically, an oral surgeon would be the most likely choice for oral lesions.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
No, but...: An ulcer will not morph into cancer. But in their early presentation oral cancers may appear similar to ulcers. Any lesion that has not completely disappeared in no longer than 2 weeks should be evaluated. Any white spots, patches, red areas, of even one day greater than 2 weeks duration must be evaluated. See your Dentist or an Oral Surgeon.
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A 74-year-old female asked:

What causes black ulcers on and under tongue?

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Dr. Siegfried Schmidt
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Get it checked out!: Black ulcers on and under ones tongues are suspicious and need to be evaluated by a physician. They may need to be biopsied/ sample taken to make sure they are not cancerous and determine a cause. There are benign ulcers but these are red based ulcers, painful and called canker sores. There are benign black tongue changes, called black hairy tongue, but this only occurs on the top of ones tongue.
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Last updated Feb 12, 2020

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