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Can biting your tongue lead to tongue cancer?

Can biting your tongue lead to tongue cancer?

Highly unlikely: Chronic irritation can lead to cancerous transformation in the oral cavity - it is very unlikely. But biting your tongue should not lead to cancer.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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.

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How does tongue cancer develop?

How does tongue cancer develop?

Tobacco, alcohol: The majority of people who get tongue cancer have a strong history of tobacco use (either smoking or chewing) and/or alcohol use. The combination of the two increases the risk even more. The best thing you can do to reduce your risk is to eliminate tobacco use and moderate your alcohol consumption.

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Is tongue cancer a 'bad' cancer?

Is tongue cancer a 'bad' cancer?

1-2-3: Cancer involving an important organ is always important. The tongue is important for speech and eating. How bad depends on 1) diagnosis (type of cancer), 2) stage/prognosis and location in tongue, 3) treatment -- depends on 1 & 2.

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Find out if I have tongue cancer?

Find out if I have tongue cancer?

Oral surgeon: If you are concerned about something on your tongue I would start by having your dentist look at it and then an oral surgeon who would do a biopsy if needed.

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How to tell if I have tongue cancer?

How to tell if I have tongue cancer?

You can't: The most common cancer in the mouth is on the lateral (side) borders of the tongue. However you cannot determine if you have cancer without a thorough exam and biopsy. There are many lesions of the tongue. Most not cancerous. See your dentist or oral surgeon for a consult about your problem and concerns.

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Is it possible to get tongue cancer?

Is it possible to get tongue cancer?

YES..: This is likely due to tobacco use (including smokeless), and alcohol use. If use is great, cancer can come early, or present by about 50 years of age. There are all kinds of mutations that occur in cells due to this and these cause cancer cells to develop. Oral cancers like this can present as non-healing, painful ulcers. Whatever you do, don't use tobacco or smoke if you don't want this.

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Is there such thing as tongue cancer?

Is there such thing as tongue cancer?

Yes: Tongue cancer is part of a spectrum of oral cancers. It is likely the most dangerous form of oral squamous cancers. The primary cause is tobacco use, although alcohol, genetics and human papilloma virus can play a role.

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What are the symptoms of tongue cancer?

What are the symptoms of tongue cancer?

Persistent Sore: Difficulty swallowing, moving the tongue or chewing, voice changes, just to name a few. If concerned, see a dentist for for an oral cancer screening.

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Is there a way I can get tongue cancer?

Is there a way I can get tongue cancer?

Tobacco, alcohol: The majority of people who get tongue cancer have a strong history of tobacco use (either smoking or chewing) and/or alcohol use. The best thing you can do to reduce your risk is to eliminate tobacco use and moderate your alcohol consumption.

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What are the symptoms of tongue cancer?

Ulcer, sore throat.: Oral lesions, which include the tongue usually present as non-healing, painful ulcers. They can also show up late as sore throat, and possibly ear pain. Rarely, patients can have painless, rock hard cervical or supraclavicular lymph node enlargement.

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Can tongue cancer be cured in 4th stage?

Can tongue cancer be cured in 4th stage?

Depends: Cancer it a tricky deal, and I would never say never. It will probably require aggressive chemotherapy, radiation, and possible surgical intervention, but it would be best to consult with your oncologist and the oral/maxillofacial surgeon who will be taking care of you.

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How long can you live with tongue cancer?

How long can you live with tongue cancer?

Survival: It depends on stage. Localized early stage cancer can be curable

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How can you know if you've got tongue cancer?

How can you know if you've got tongue cancer?

See your doctor, now: Start by seeing your primary care physician, who might refer you to an otolaryngologist or ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. They have special instruments to detect tumors at the base of the tongue that cannot be seen otherwise. Don't delay in getting checked. The symptoms of tongue or throat cancer can be very mild, even though they're serious.

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What is some information about tongue cancer?

Information: Emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/847428-overview. See oral surgeon or ENT doc if you have any of these symptoms: Persistent mouth sore, persistent mouth pain, a lump or thickening in the cheek, a white/red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth, a sore throat, hoarseness or feeling that something is caught in the throat that does not go away, difficulty swallowing/chewing.

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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.

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What to do if I'm convinced I have tongue cancer?

Examination: If you feel there is something abnormal with your tongue you need to be examined by an oral &maxillofacial surgeon or a dentist that feels comfortable doing a thorough head and neck examination.

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How long tongue cancer does take to develop fully?

Depends: Depends what you mean by fully developed. A cancer can occur and grow within weeks to months and can spread equally as quickly or some can develop over short period of time. Each cancer is different.

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