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Can a tongue ulcer cause tongue cancer?

Can a tongue ulcer cause tongue cancer?

Not really: Tongue ulcers do not turn into cancers but they may be cancers to begin with. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Dad recently gt diag tongue cancer after a non healing ulcer, submucous fibrosis & oral carcinoma started 2 months ago. Will he die soon? Prognosis?

Dad recently gt diag tongue cancer after a non healing ulcer, submucous fibrosis & oral carcinoma started 2 months ago. Will he die soon? Prognosis?

Sorry to hear that!: The prognosis depends on the type of cancer and the state of the cancer when diagnosed. If your dad allows it, go with him to his doctors' appointments as this is discussed. Any patient with a complicated illness should take someone close to them to appointments, because another pair of ears can help understanding & recall. Take notes. Have questions prepared beforehand. It's good of you to care. ...Read more

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What causes tongue cancer?

What causes tongue cancer?

Most common cause: Is tobacco use, although alcohol and human papilloma virus can be causative agents. ...Read more

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Does tongue cancer usually cause many symptoms?

Does tongue cancer usually cause many symptoms?

Possible: Typical symptoms can include pain, lump or mass being felt, difficulty swallowing; also bleeding, weight loss, neck lumps can be felt. ...Read more

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Can smoking marijuana cause tongue cancer?

Can smoking marijuana cause tongue cancer?

Maybe: The link of marijuana to tongue cancer is not conclusive. Marijuana contains chemicals which are carcinogens and some data suggest increased risk of oral cancer. However, a definitive link has not been proven and most organizations have no conclusive position on this issue. ...Read more

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I've had on and off ulcers on my tongue the last year they always go after a week or so , was just wondering should I be worried about cancer . ?

I've had on and off ulcers on my tongue the last year they always go after a week or so , was just wondering should I be worried about cancer . 
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No: These are almost certainly aphthae. I trust your overall health is good and you have nothing to suggest lupus, neutropenia, or Behcet's; if you have other symptoms / signs, mention this to your physician. ...Read more

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Small ulcer on tongue. Been hurting for some time now. rubbing on molar. prescribed steroid paste. Im worried its cancer. Its smaller than a bb.

Small ulcer on tongue.  Been hurting for some time now.  rubbing on molar.  prescribed steroid paste.  Im worried its cancer.  Its smaller than a bb.

It depends on size: If you have an ulcer which is growing in size beyond 1cm (Size of a dime or penny), then I would be concerned and ask for a biopsy. Anything smaller can be watched to see if it would resolve in 2-3 weeks. Most benign ulcers will heal in 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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Feel something stuck in tongue, found out there was an ulcer ( yellow liquid, no pain, bleeding) on my tonsil. Must be tonsil cancer? Other things?

Feel something stuck in tongue, found out there was an ulcer ( yellow liquid, no pain, bleeding) on my tonsil. Must be tonsil cancer? Other things?

R/O CRYPT TRAPPING: Tonsilar crypt trapping can cause chronic tonsillitis you need to have exam, throat cultured and a full panel of blood work. Empiric antibiotics Also ENT CONSULT re tonsillectomy if symptoms persist or do not respond to Antibiotic. The firm external sensation may be a secondary enlarged lymph node. Tonsil cancer is seen with prolonged alcohol and tobacco use, very unlikely in your situation . ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


Ulceration (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions. Ulcers are further classified by their location, for example; ...Read more