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First Stages Of Gum Cancer
I was wondering what are the first signs of mouth cancer, or other gum and mouth related diseases because of smokeless tobacco?
Smokeless tobacco: Smokeless tobacco, as well as smoking cigarettes, cigars ; pipes all cause oral cancers. Rather than waiting until you develop early lesions, stop right now! these lesions start on a microscopic level until you notice (or don't because it's in a hidden spot) a red or white spot, ulcer or bump. Any lesion that lasts more than two weeks should be biopsied. Add alcohol 2 the mix and you increase risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Gum disease? No!: I haven't seen written documentation that correlates gum disease with cancer. However if ones body is continually fighting inflammation from gum disease, it has to take a toll on ones immune system. With the mouth being the most chronically infected part of an otherwise healthy body, why take chances. Floss daily do some careful vibratory toothbrushing at the gum-tooth interface ; don't worry! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Very much doubt it: Anything can be "shown to cause cancer" by giving preposterous doses to lab animals, or trying to get people with cancer to remember having used it. Forty years in medicine has taught me that the real causes of cancer that consistently hold up are things that mutate genes (and a few things that gravely damage epithelium). Despite the hoopla, I have no reason for real concern. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have brown around my gums im very concerned an worried it could be cancer since I jist started smoking 6months ago do u think it could be?
Brown discoloration to the teeth around the gum line can be caused from staining by smoking and consumption of carbonated beverages, tea and coffee. Medications you are taking and some food can cause tooth stains as well.
Stop smoking. Get a dental check and thorough cleaning. Any areas that look concerning can be biopsied. ...Read more
Ive had this feeling for 2 weeks. Its like there is sticky chewing gum stuck in my thoart. Could it be cancer? Its on my left side. Can u help?
Throat: Could be not drinking enough fluids of a sign of silent acid relux or LPR. See an ENT doctor to check it out. ...Read more
For about 8 years I would chew a lot of sugarfree gum, like 1-3 packs per day. I've since stopped, but did I increase my cancer risk with this?
Probably not: Artificial sweeteners have been linked to cancers in animal studies, however the exposure you describe does not seem to be on an equivalent "dose". Smoking cigarettes is far more dangerous to your health and is the number one environmental cause of cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gum receded from where the tooth meets the gum all the way up and there is what looks like lots of hard plaque around the receded gum. Is it cancer?
Calculus: The dental term for tarter is calculus. Has done physical damage to your gums/bone. Sounds like you're years overdue for a dental check-up and professional cleaning. Dentist will do an Oral Cancer examination, but what you are describing is not cancer. Please call for appointment. Calculus can cause tooth loss. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ouch..: Bulimia causes severe erosion. You lose tooth structure from the large amount of acid exposure. This leads to sore teeth, loss of tooth structure and eventually the teeth break from lack of support. "mouth cancer" is to general to comment on. What type are we inquiring about? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have a gray patch on my gums near a metal tooth from past 8 months n i still smoke a lot.Do u think it has turned into cancer?
Not likely: First, no diagnosis can be made online, if you have a history of smoking and are concerned about a lesion its best to see a doctor for an evaluation. Aside from that, a painless, flat, non changing spot on the gums that is adjacent to a metal filling may be nothing to worry about (amalgam tattoo). There are other lesions that can appear as grey spots that could be more serious if changing in size. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have a lump in my inner gum beneath my right lower premolars. Lump is very small 1/4th an inch. It does not pain, neither is it visible. Cancer?
Not cancer: In order to keep the mouth moist there are salivary glands such as the submax and parotid glands. The remainder of the mouth, cheek ahd gums have small minor salivry glands that occassional develop benign growths . In rare cases they enlarge fast and can be malignant such as adenoid cystic carcinoma. ...Read more
No evidence: There isn't any evidence that it increases risk for cancer. The real thing to keep in mind is that smoking is just about the worst (if not the worst) thing one can do to their body. It markedly increases your risk of many types of cancer, including oral and throat cancers! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers