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Hello, I have been trying to find out whether oral cancer can spread to the lymph nodes without any signs, or if there is always a sore present first?

Hello, I have been trying to find out whether oral cancer can spread to the lymph nodes without any signs, or if there is always a sore present first?

Sometimes: Sometimes oral or nasopharyngeal cancer can spread to the lymph nodes without the primary tumor being detected. This is called cancer with an unknown primary. Most of the time a primary tumor is found. The oral and nasal cavities are so complex it is really impossible to do a thorough exam on yourself. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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What are some signs of oral cancer?

What are some signs of oral cancer?

White patch: A red or white or red patch on the lips, inside cheeks, gums or tongue that does not go away could be an early sign of oral cancer. A non-healing ulcer is another sign. Don't wait for something to be painful. If you notice anything unusual (like the white patch in the picture), see your dentist or your doctor! ...Read more

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What are the early signs of oral cancer?

A white or red patch: Or any other sore or swelling in your mouth that doesn't go away after a week should be evaluated by a dentist. Oral cancer is very treatable in its early stages. Unfortunately, by the time a patient notices something abnormal, it may be more advanced. Prevention and early detection are essential! See your dentist regularly. Your dentist &/or hygienist should do an oral cancer exam twice a year. ...Read more

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If my dental check up showed no signs of oral cancer. How long would it take for me to notice a new sign?

If my dental check up showed no signs of oral cancer.  How long would it take for me to notice a new sign?

Training: Without training, you may not notice signs of oral cancer. Be on the look-out for white or red spots that do not disappear after 10 days to 2 weeks. Avoid excessive alcohol intake. DO NOT SMOKE. Have anything rough (like a chipped tooth or rough edge of a restoration) addressed. But most of all, see your Dentist regularly for a comprehensive examination. ...Read more

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What are signs of oral cancer of the throat/tongue or a throat infection?

What are signs of oral cancer of the throat/tongue or a throat infection?

Quick growing lesion: Red white or red and white lesions that are fast growing, usually painful and do not go away over time. These are the ones to be worried about. A normal infection shuld go down within 2 weeks. Cancer is going to either get bigger or not go away. ...Read more

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I've got a lump in bottom right jaw and I dip, but no signs of oral cancer inside my mouth. I'm scared?

I've got a lump in bottom right jaw and I dip, but no signs of oral cancer inside my mouth. I'm scared?

Not oral cancer: Oral cancers of mucosa oft mouth are for the most part found on the lateral side of the tongue or just inferior in the floor of the mouth. They are ulcerating lesions that will bleed and rapidly spread to cervical nodes. Most common lump in the region of the medial jaw or in the medial lip are of salivary (submax) or of minor salivary origin and should be seen by oral surgeon for bx. ...Read more

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Are sores a sign of oral cancer?

Are sores a sign of oral cancer?

Of course: Oral cancer appears as a growth or sore in the mouth that does not go away. If concerned see your dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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What is a sign or symptom of oral cancer?

What is a sign or symptom of oral cancer?

A few: Ulcer that does not heal, whit or red patch, unexplained jaw/tooth pain. Swelling in neck. Trouble or painful swallowing or chewing.
If you have any of these. See an oral surgeon or ENT doc. ...Read more

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I'm scared I may have oral cancer. What are the signs?

I'm scared I may have oral cancer. What are the signs?

No sure-fire signs: Oral cancer takes many forms and identifying it is not always easy and requires professional examination. Many forms of oral cancer are visually indistinguishable from other less dangerous lesions and may require biopsy to identify. Have an examination by your dentist and share your concerns. ...Read more

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Are raised tastebuds a sign of oral cancer?

Are raised tastebuds a sign of oral cancer?

No: They can be raised for a host of reasons. If of concern please visit your dentist. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What should my first steps be if diagnosed with oral cancer?

Get treatment.: Local disease is treated by surgery and radiation. Surgery is more common. Chemotherapy, like Cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil used before or during radiation is just as good as surgery and radiation in locally advanced disease. Recurrent or metastatic disease is treated palliatively with Cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil or paclitaxil. Patients with localized disease can have 75% 5 year survival. ...Read more

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Can sensitive gums be a sign of oral cancer?

Check-ups: Sore gums can be a sign from gingivitis to trauma from food to other pathology's that need more investigation. It's important that you go to your doctor for regular check-ups and let them know when you have sensitive gums to diagnose properly. ...Read more

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I saw my dentist 2-3 weeks ago, would they have noticed if I had oral cancer? I don't show signs/symptoms but my cheeks tend to peel

I saw my dentist 2-3 weeks ago, would they have noticed if I had oral cancer? I don't show signs/symptoms but my cheeks tend to peel

Oral cancer: Oral cancer examination protocols are followed at each Dental examination. If you are not a smoker, do not consume alcohol in excess, at your age Oral cancer is rare. What's peeling? If the outside of your cheeks see a Dermatologist. If the inside, see an Oral Surgeon. And take a list with you of all Meds, supplements, and vitamins. ...Read more

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Is discoloration of your mouth a sign of oral cancer?

Is discoloration of your mouth a sign of oral cancer?

Yes: Mouth cancers are usually identified by a white discoloration (leukoplakia), reddened areas which may bleed, or rarely a dark blue or brown area which may reflect pigment cell overgrowth (melanoma). ...Read more

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I am concerned about a red spot on my lower gum. Would like to know if this may be a sign of oral cancer.?

I am concerned about a red spot on my lower gum. Would like to know if this may be a sign of oral cancer.?

Risk: At your age unless you are a heavy smoker or abuse alcohol, cancer risk is low. To be absolutely sure, and for peace of mind, see your Dentist, especially if it doesn't disappear in about 10 days. ...Read more

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I have another ulcer coming out right next to the original ulcer. Is this a sign of oral cancer, or are we just being paranoid?

Internet Diagnosis: It is not prudent to diagnose any lesion over the internet, sight unseen, without a complete medical history. It would be best to have those lesions examined by an oral surgeon, just to be sure. ...Read more

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What are the ways other than a sore in your mouth does oral cancer show signs of being present? I been thinking that every symptom I have is cancer?!

What are the ways other than a sore in your mouth does oral cancer show signs of being present? I been thinking that every symptom I have is cancer?!

Quit worrying first: Cancer in the mouth is highly unlikely to develop in a 23-year-old. Once you accept this as a fact of life, then you do not need to be thinking or looking for cancer. If you have cancer in the mouth you will not have hard time finding it or knowing that it is there as it will form an ulcer or growth which is not going away and is growing in size. So it is not a subtle finding that anyone can miss. ...Read more

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I have a sharp edged wisdom teeth which always hurts my cheek. Now I noticed red area in my cheek(not painful) Is it oral cancer sign?

I have a sharp edged wisdom teeth which always hurts my cheek. Now I noticed red area in my cheek(not painful) Is it oral cancer sign?

Wisdom tooth: Most likely the red spot on your cheek is from trauma from the sharp wisdom tooth. See a dentist and get this checked. You may need to have the wisdom removed but a dentist can best answer this question. ...Read more

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What is oral cancer?

Cancer in the mouth: Oral cancer is one type of cancer and occurs more commonly in people who smoke and drink. HPV is another causative agent for cancers in the back of the mouth. Please visit this site for more info.

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/oral-cancer ...Read more

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Is oral cancer common?

Is oral cancer common?

~35-40K cases/yr: There are about 35-40, 000 oral and pharynx cancers per year in the United States. ...Read more

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Symptoms of oral cancer?

Symptoms of oral cancer?

Please ask again: It is much better here, where we are limited to just a few lines to respond to be specific about your symptoms and question and not to ask such an open-ended ambiguous question that could take a textbook to answer. ...Read more

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How do you get oral cancer?

Several possibile: Oral sex, has become a major cause, due to the hpv virus. Hpv has been spreading oral cancer much more rapidly than in years past. Multiple sex partners has been shown to expand the incidence of probability exponentially. Heavy smoking, heavy drinking and an unhealthy lifestyle are also contributors. ...Read more

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Can cuts cause oral cancer?

Usually not: No simple cuts are not the cause of oral cancer. ...Read more

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How can you get oral cancer?

How can you get oral cancer?

Varies: The common squamous carcinomas of the oropharynx are most often caused by tobacco, with alcohol and perhaps viruses often contributing. Others such as the minor salivary gland cancers seem to just happen by dumb luck, random genetic damage. ...Read more

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How do they treat oral cancer?

Multiple options: Depending on the stage and primary site of the cancer, surgery radiation and chemotherapy all have potential roles in treateing oral cancer. ...Read more

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How to know I have oral cancer?

How to know I have oral cancer?

Scalpel biopsy: The final diagnosis of oral cancers can only be made by a biopsy. ...Read more

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How does someone get oral cancer?

How does someone get oral cancer?

Multifocal causes: In addition to heavy use of alcohol and tobacco products, studies have shown that oral sex with multiple partners increases the likelihood of oral cancer due to a papilloma virus. The good news is that the gardisil vaccine can help prevent the spread of the virus and is now routinely recommended and administered to teenagers. ...Read more

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Oral cancer does not spread right?

Wrong: Oral cancer spreads locally to other structures in the mouth, through lymph ducts to lymph nodes and via blood to other organs, e.g., lungs. ...Read more

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

Any cancer located in the mouth. Symptoms are variable but include mass in the mouth, difficulty eating, and tongue problems. ...Read more


Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Mouth Cancer (Definition)

Cancer or the mouth or oral cancer. See an oral surgeon or ...Read more