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What stis in your mouth could appear like oral cancer?

What stis in your mouth could appear like oral cancer?

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. ...Read more

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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Could I have oral cancer I am 16 years old?

Young age cancer: Unlikely but see a doctor or dentist to check it out. ...Read more

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Smoked for year and a half, quit the a month later chewed for 3 months. Small pea size lump on tongue. 20 years old. Be worried about oral cancer?

Smoked for year and a half, quit the a month later chewed for 3 months. Small pea size lump on tongue. 20 years old. Be worried about oral cancer?

Oral cancer screen: First off, quit the chew cause it may be worse then smoking. Anything unusual on the tongue and on the gums and cheeks should be checked by your Dentist with an oral cancer screening. The lump on the tongue is probably nothing and could be a fibrous benign growth, but still needs to be checked out to be on the safe side. ...Read more

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Chances of developing oral cancer by age 25? Noticed a rough patch on my tongue But ive been told that cancer is extremely rare in 25 year olds

Chances of developing oral cancer by age 25? Noticed a rough patch on my tongue But ive been told that cancer is extremely rare in 25 year olds

You're right: It is rare. But never impossible. My previous advice still stands... have it examined. You want reassurance that your lesion is nothing to worry about, and that really can't be done over the internet. If it is there more than three weeks, have it examined by an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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.Im a 16 year old girl. I have a lump in my tongue about the size of a pea, it doesn't hurt, but Mouth cancer runs in my family. Advise?

.Im a 16 year old girl. I have a lump in my tongue about the size of a pea, it doesn't hurt, but Mouth cancer runs in my family. Advise?

Tongue: Talk to your parents about this. There are many causes for lumps in the tongue. A dentist'or oral surgeon can evaluate this for you. ...Read more

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I'm 21 yrs old what are the realistic chances of me having oral cancer, been smoking 6-7 years on and off?

I'm 21 yrs old what are the realistic chances of me having oral cancer, been smoking 6-7 years on and off?

It's like: It's like playing russian roulette with your life! The more you smoke the greater the risk. As the saying goes, even if you have a 1:1000, 000 chance, if you are that one, it's 100%. Your choice, your life. You bear the responsibility of your own actions. I have seen too many of my patients get oral cancer. It's not pretty. ...Read more

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Can 14 year old get oral cancer?

Can 14 year old get oral cancer?

Unlikely: Oral cancer is the disease of older people, very veryrare at 14 as age is no exception for cancer. At 14 don't worry speak to your parents about your fear. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a 21 year old who doesn't smoke/chew tobacco and who isn't sexually active to get oral cancer?

Is it possible for a 21 year old who doesn't smoke/chew tobacco and who isn't sexually active to get oral cancer?

Yes, but low risk: Unfortunately, anyone can develop oral cancer (or any other cancer). Another big risk factor is alcohol use. To a lesser degree, excessive sun exposure can cause cancer of the lips. Reduce your risks and lead a healthy life style and don't be overly concerned. Excessive worry is not healthy either. Get routine head and neck soft tissues exams at your dentist. ...Read more

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I am 24 year old and I have white patches in my mouth from 4 months. Now I am worried. Is it a symptoms of oral cancer or else. What is better option.

I am 24 year old and I have white patches in my mouth from 4 months. Now I am worried. Is it a symptoms of oral cancer or else. What is better option.

White Patches: White patches in the mouth can be from a variety of causes including bite trauma, irritations from a poorly fitting dental appliance, overgrowth of a fungus called candida albicans, leukoplakia, which is common in tobacco users, or in rare cases, a form of oral cancer. Let a dentist, who is a specialist in diseases of the mouth examine you to determine the nature of your white patches. ...Read more

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Is oral cancer likely if I have only used chewed for 2 years?

Unlikely: Although possible, short term use of smokeless tobacco is very unlikely to cause oral cancer by itself. If combined with smoking or alcohol use, then the chances go way up. If concerned, see your oral surgeon asap. ...Read more

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I did dip tobacco (smokeless) for 5 years and I quit 3 years ago. Will I most likely get oral cancer even though I quit 3 years ago?

No: No. You are still at increased risk, but the risk declines the longer you refrain from tobacco. Unless you smoke other forms of tobacco, within a few years your risk should be the same as nonsmokers. Congratulations for quitting!!! ...Read more

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How long does it take to get oral cancer? 20 years?

How long does it take to get oral cancer? 20 years?

Can put time frame: You can never put a time frame on oral cancer. I do a visual oral cancer screening on all my patients every visit 3, 6 months recall visits. I had a patient in a one visit nothing apparent 6 months later something on tongue sent to oral surgeon the to ENT, tongue respected, lasted 8 months. Was the cancer there before it showed itself probable. Now I invested in a special scope, detects early. ...Read more

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I chewed for 2 years and quit. What are the chances of me contracting oral cancer? I'm young and healthy.

Congrats: First of all congratulations on quitting fior two years this has helped improve your health tremendously. Your chances of developing oral Cancer have diminished tremendously. ...Read more

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Two questions does dip cause oral cancer? Also I did it for 4 years and I quit two years ago will I still get oral cancer?

Two questions does dip cause oral cancer? Also I did it for 4 years and I quit two years ago will I still get oral cancer?

Smokeless tobacco: Most definitely dip or snuff can cause oral cancer due to the carcinogens in the tobacco. Quitting was the best thing you did 4 years ago. Your chances of developing oral cancer are quite small at this point. Do make sure you are examined by a dentist or ENT surgeon to check you thoroughly. ...Read more

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I dipped for 5 years. I quit and it's been 4 months without it. I'm now 22. Will I get oral cancer if I don't have any symptoms yet?

I dipped for 5 years. I quit and it's been 4 months without it. I'm now 22. Will I get oral cancer if I don't have any symptoms yet?

Not likely: People who stop using tobacco products can greatly reduce their risk of oral cancer. Keep up a good job! ...Read more

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Can you get oral cancer 6 years after quitting smoking?

Yes: Risk for oral cancer remains elevated 6 years after stopping smoking, though it does decline from it's highest risk. A 1999 study indicated that after 10 years of no smoking, risk of oral cancer approximates the risk of someone who has never smoked. Drinking alcohol is also a risk factor for oral cancers, so you may want to think about eliminating that risk factor. Keep up the not smoking!! :) ...Read more

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If I've been using smokeless tobacco for two years, how can I tell if I will get oral cancer?

You can't: My friend, that's like asking..."if I don't wear my seatbelt, when will I die in a car accident? " it might be tomorrow, it might be 10 years, it might never happen. ...But is it really worth it? Come on....Quit the chew, and buckle-up too. ...Read more

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I did smokeless tobacco dip for 5 years. I quit in October 2012. Am I still likely to get oral cancer? I worry everyday since I quit.

I did smokeless tobacco dip for 5 years. I quit in October 2012. Am I still likely to get oral cancer? I worry everyday since I quit.

Risk is cut in half: Those who quit in their 30s may avoid most of the risk due to smokeless tobacco use. The risk of oral cancer is cut in half after 3 years. Keep up a good job! ...Read more

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I just noticed a rough patch on my tongue that seems extra sensitive. Can this be oral cancer? I've smoked on and off for 8 years but im also only 25

I just noticed a rough patch on my tongue that seems extra sensitive. Can this be oral cancer? I've smoked on and off for 8 years but im also only 25

See a dentist or OS: When there is rough patch on your tongue, you'd better take immediate measures to find out its reason. See your dentist for examination. ...Read more

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I'm 22 and haven't smoked marijuana consistenly in 2 1/2 years maybe 10 times I rarely drink what my chances what oral cancer?

Not high: Being a rare smoker and rare user of alcohol, your chances of having an increased risk for oral cancer are low. Continue on your path of no smoking and minimal alcohol intake to help to insure a low risk of oral cancer. ...Read more

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How many years does it take to get oral cancer from chewing tobacco?

How many years does it take to get oral cancer from chewing tobacco?

Varies- Quit Tobacco: It usually takes years to decades, however, oral cancer has developed in teenagers using chewing tobacco. Quit the habit as it may take a short time in a suseptible individual. Other factors being hpv infection, immune status and genetic make-up of the person, . ...Read more

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I have quit tobacco 16 years ago., in my 20's. I am currently 43. I drink green tea with tumeric, blackberrys, bberries Am I at risk for oral cancer?

I have quit tobacco 16 years ago., in my 20's. I am currently 43. I drink green tea with tumeric, blackberrys, bberries Am I at risk for oral cancer?

If: You smoked for less than twelve years total, then after quitting for 10 years, your chance of smoking related cancer falls to the level of non smokers. ...Read more

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I have a painless pea sized bump on my upper gum that has been there for six years now. I do not smoke nor drink. Could it be oral cancer?

I have a painless pea sized bump on my upper gum that has been there for six years now. I do not smoke nor drink. Could it be oral cancer?

Possible: Oral cancer rates have stayed about 5% of all types with increasing rates in younger age groups that have been associated with hpv. Don't guess with this, I urge you to get it check out asap! ...Read more

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Is oral cancer completely cureable in stage 1. Yesterday I had biopsy of tumor less then 1 cm. I quit tobacco 3 years back and used it for 4 years?

Is oral cancer completely cureable in stage 1. Yesterday I had biopsy of tumor less then 1 cm. I quit tobacco 3 years back and used it for 4 years?

95% five year cure: There is a wide spectrum of mucous membrane changes from tobacco usage, whether smoked or chewed. You have excellent chance of being cured even if oral cancer is found in the biopsy. Nothing in life is 100%. Avoid tobacco and alcohol in all forms and be sure to see your surgeon every 6 months for oral exam to rule out recurrence or a new primary. ...Read more

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25 male Does oral cancer spread fast? Have 3mm lump in lower lip for 2 years, hasn't really grown (maybe 1 or 2mm) If cancer would it spread to nodes yet

Cancer, Not Likely: Lip cancer can relatively grow quickly. The risk of developing oral cancer increases over the age of 40. What you are describing is a common benign oral fibroma and they pose no harm. If concerned, see your dentist for investigation. ...Read more

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I dipped for 2 years and the other day I got a bump. It got bigger till it turned into what looks like a canker sore. But not white. Oral cancer?

You should see MD: You should see an oral surgeon and have it biopsied. Absolutely, need to rule out oral cancer. Nowadays incidence of oral cancer is increasing and this is related to hpv infection. ...Read more

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I'm 21 used chew tobacco for 2 years haven't for 5 months. Pain in teeth and sore throat, small lump in cheek. Is this oral cancer?

I'm 21 used chew tobacco for 2 years haven't for 5 months. Pain in teeth and sore throat, small lump in cheek. Is this oral cancer?

Have it looked at: The pain in the teeth is a separate issue. The sore throat could be anything. The small lump in the cheek is the most troubling symptom regarding the possibility of a growth, be it benign or malignant, or even normal. Rather than looking for answers on the internet, see a dentist for an exam and consultation. Congratulations on being able to stop chewing tobacco. Stay with it! ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Mouth (Oral) Cancer (Definition)

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Mouth Cancer (Definition)

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