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Doctor insights on: Can You Get Tongue Cancer Because Of A Tongue Piercing

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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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Can tongue cancer develop from smoking if you have a tongue piercing?

Can tongue cancer develop from smoking if you have a tongue piercing?

Cancer risks: First, you can get many forms of oral cancer (as well as other forms of cancer) from smoking or using tobacco in any form. Secondly, you can get infections & break your teeth from any oral piercing, especially tongue piercing. Therefore, you should remove any oral piercings & stop smoking. Your dental health as well as your life are in your hands and you bear the responsibility of your decisions. ...Read more

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Does tongue piercing create a risk for multiplication of oral hpv, if a person already has the virus? If so, does that create more risk for cancer?

Does tongue piercing create a risk for multiplication of oral hpv, if a person already has the virus? If so, does that create more risk for cancer?

Tongue ring data: Not likely widely available but it should not be a harbinger of hpv. Not all oral cancer is related to hpv, to my knowledge. Repeated trauma and repair may be linked, chewing the tongue, etc, but the leap from tongue ring to more hpv from that ring to increased cancer risk is probably a broad leap. Let's see if someone gives better answer, a dentist, oral surgeon, ent, cancer doc may not agree. ...Read more

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Can you get tongue cancer by chewing tobacco?

Can you get tongue cancer by chewing tobacco?

ABSOLUTELY: Smoking, excessive drinking, chewing tobacco, dipping snuff are all very high risk activities for developing cancer in the mouth and throat region - not just the tongue. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How much tobacco must you smoke to get tongue cancer?

How much tobacco must you smoke to get tongue cancer?

Not Known, so Stop!: Tobacco causes cancer. How much and when we don't know. Not only do different people have different body types and differing resistance, but other factors also are important. For example, alcohol consumption also adds to the risk of oral cancer. Don't take a chance, don't use tobacco! ...Read more

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Is it possible to get tongue cancer from sucking on tea bags?

Not normally : I have seen some articles referring to a possible link with a chemical used in the manufacture of the bags. I see no reason to suck on the bags and would not recommend it. If you have some compulsion, speak to your physician. Here is one of the links to read about it: http://www.Healthytheory.Com/green-tea-may-fight-cancer-but-tea-bags-may-cause-it. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get tongue cancer, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get tongue cancer, or is it unusual?

Increasing cases: In the US, the number of new tongue cancer is increasing due to HPV infections mostly in men. There are more than 10,000 new cases annually in the US. Other risk factors include tobacco smoking or chewing and alcohol use. ...Read more

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My tongue has white spot. Is it possible to get tongue cancer after one month of smoking?

My tongue has white spot. Is it possible to get tongue cancer after one month of smoking?

Yes, however...: It is possible to get tongue cancer even if you have never smoked (though smoking does increase the risk) so having smoked only a month does not mean this is impossible. However, a white spot on your tongue is not necessarily cancer- it may turn out to be nothing serious at all. But because tongue cancer is serious & best treated as soon as possible i advise you see a doctor soon to evaluate it. ...Read more

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Piercing (Definition)

Body piercing, a form of body modification, is the practice of puncturing or cutting a part of the human body, creating an opening in which ...Read more


Dr. Francis Ruggiero
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Tongue Cancer (Definition)

A malignancy of the tongue is know as tongue cancer. There are several possible types of tongue cnacer based on the cells that ...Read more