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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?

Tongue cancer or: other oral/ ENT cancers could be associated with smoking. The piercing won't cause cancer but it can lead to many other problems. According to the British Dental Association the potential for infection is higher for the tongue than any other location on the body. Swelling of the tongue can compromise the airway. Ludwig's Syndrome (Ludwig's Angina) can cause swelling & sepsis both of which can ...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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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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Every year, how many teenagers get oral/mouth/tongue cancer?

Every year, how many teenagers get oral/mouth/tongue cancer?

Oral cancer: There seems to be a trend and demographic shift in younger patients showing up with head and neck area esp oral cavity cancers partially attributed to smoking patterns and prevalence of hpv (human papilloma virus) and other reasons for this shift are not fully understood. ...Read more

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Help docs! Could it hurt really bad to get a tongue piercing?

Help docs! Could it hurt really bad to get a tongue piercing?

Yes: Tongue piercing comes w continued pain as well as swelling, tenderness, bleeding & bruising for around 5 days. If the swelling makes it difficult to breath then you need emergent medical evaluation to ensure that your airway does not become compromised. If the tongue is seeping drainage that is other then white-colored or that is malodorous – then please seek medical care for a possible infection. ...Read more

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How is it possible that people get hepatitis from tongue piercing?

How is it possible that people get hepatitis from tongue piercing?

Various reasons: Important points: it depends on how clean (sterile) the shop is where the person is receiving the piercing. Does the person performing this procedure know anything about safe and clean environment? Do they wear clean, fresh gloves for every person they treat, or do they reuse the gloves. Do they have an actual sterilizer and does it work (do they monitor it for safety)? ...Read more

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I might have to get my tonsils taken out. Do i need to take my tongue piercing out beforehand?

Yes.: Any time you undergo surgery under general anesthesia you will be asked if there is anything removable in your mouth. If there is (and tongue rings can be removed) they will insist you remove it. ...Read more

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If I get a tongue piercing, will my speech patterns change?

It might. : Tongue piercing is irritating. Irritation causes excess salivation. This may resolve with time or it may continue until you have the jewelry removed, no way to tell. Also be very careful about making sure you do not bite down on your new ornament. Many people have fractured teeth accidently. Both of these possibilities could change your speech patterns. ...Read more

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Is it possible that giving oral sex to a girl get your tongue piercing infected?

Is it possible that giving oral sex to a girl get your tongue piercing infected?

Of course: If she is contagious, a fresh wound in the tongue is the perfect portal for admittance of an infectious agent--but then again, so is the gingiva. Of course, if she is infected (with what?) and you are not, why are you performing oral without a dam? If the piercing is reasonably well established, normal, healthy vaginal and anal bacteria will likely not infect the pierced canal. ...Read more

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If I get a rip in my tongue piercing will not talking and eating soft foods such as ice cream and soup and slushed help the rip go away ?

If I get a rip in my tongue piercing will not talking and eating soft foods such as ice cream and soup and slushed help the rip go away ?

See an ENT specialis: You may need surgery to prevent a permanent slit. Maybe not. An exam by a throat DR will determine the best course. If surgery is needed, the sooner the better. ...Read more

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How big of a risk is it for a heart transplant patient to get a tongue piercing?

How big of a risk is it for a heart transplant patient to get a tongue piercing?

Why?: Any individual getting foreign bodies injected, attached, implanted, etc. Is at risk for getting infections, abscesses, etc. Someone who is taking immunosuppressive drugs to prevent organ transplant rejection is at even greater risk. So why do it? ...Read more

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I have to get my impacted wisdom teeth removed and i was wondering if it is absolutely necessary to remove my horizontal tongue piercing for surgery?

I have to get my impacted wisdom teeth removed and i was wondering if it is absolutely necessary to remove my horizontal tongue piercing for surgery?

Depends on surgeon: Some surgeons use electrosurgery and it would be unwise to have a metal piercing. It probably would not be in the way of the surgical procedure, though. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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