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What stis in your mouth could appear like oral cancer?

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Dr. Bonnie Bock
Infectious Disease 47 years experience
Syphilis, herpes : Either can appear as a sore or ulcer in the mouth. You need to see your physician for any significant oral lesion.
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Not enough evidence: There is not enough evidence to suggest that using mouthwash that contains alcohol will increase the risk of mouth cancer. The most important risk factors for oral cancer are smoking and drinking more than three drinks a day.
Dr. Simon Rosenberg
Dentistry 46 years experience
Several: There are several sexually transmitted infections that can cause blistering, ulceration, and hardening of the tissue due to local infection or inflammation. Advanced syphilis with a hard, ulcerated chancre was classically confused with an oral cancer and vice versa. See a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What to do to tell if I have mouth/oral cancer?

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
See specialist: The best answer is to see an ENT who will do a complete mouth/throat along with a complete ENT exam to evaluate for any signs of cancer. Typically cancerous lesions in the mouth are white or red, may bleed easily or not heal, or are slowly enlarging. In the us the risk is definitely increased in smokers, heavy alcohol drinkers, or chewing tobacco users. However there are other causes too.

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