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How do you tell the difference between a canker sore and oral cancer?

How do you tell the difference between a canker sore and oral cancer?

Time and/or Biopsy: A canker sore wil go away in a short period of time (usually days). Oral cancer won't. Only definite way to know is with a biopsy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know the difference between a canker sore and oral cancer?

Can you tell me how to know the difference between a canker sore and oral cancer?

Pain: A canker sore is usually painful but likely will resolve in 10-15 days. Oral cancer is usually not painful until later stages. It can have many different appearances so it's not easy to diagnose visually. It will not resolve in 2 weeks. See a dentist, oral surgeon, or periodontist if the lesion is present for more than 2 weeks regardless of how it feels. ...Read more

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What can be the difference in a canker sore and what oral cancer looks like?

What can be the difference in a canker sore and what oral cancer looks like?

Canker sores: is the most common oral lesions. Most tongue ulcers, infections will clear up by themselves within a week or two. You should see your GP or dentist if the ulcer gets worse or lasts for longer than 2 weeks.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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Is a canker sore that is not white oral cancer?

Is a canker sore that is not white oral cancer?

Not likely: Oral cancer is progressive. Most abnormalities in the oral cavity come and go. If you have an abnormal area that lasts for more than three weeks you should have someone examine it. You can reduce your risk of oral cancer by not smoking, not chewing tobacco, not drinking too much alcohol. ...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?

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 have a canker sore for 6 months and it has not healed. Is it oral cancer? It is located on ground of my lips and does not hurt.

I have a canker sore for 6 months and it has not healed. Is it oral cancer? It is located on ground of my lips and does not hurt.

Not likely but it: needs to be examined. It is not feasible to provide a more informed opinion, without examining the lesion. It would be prudent to see your doctor or dentist. ...Read more

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How are canker sore and what oral cancer differ?

How are canker sore and what oral cancer differ?

Oral Ca: Both are ulcerations in the oral cavity, but there are significant differences. Canker sores are usually in the cheeks and lips, oral ca can be anywhere in the oral cavity. Canker sores are almost always painful, while oral ca ulcerations usually aren't painful. The biggest difference is canker sores will heal in 2 weeks, occasionally up to a month, and oral ca ulcerations don't heal, ever. ...Read more

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Canker sore! i need to know if I have mouth cancer I have had a canker sorefor like 4 days now. It doesn't really hurt unless i feel lit with my tongue. I feel like its gotten a lot better because it did feel like it was an open sore when i felt it with m

Canker sore! i need to know if I have mouth cancer I have had a canker sorefor like 4 days now. It doesn't really hurt unless i feel lit with my tongue. I feel like its gotten a lot better because it did feel like it was an open sore when i felt it with m

Unlikely: The lesion could be a canker sore or from trauma. Without a history (age/smoking/tobacco/alcohol use?) and exam +/- biopsy, it is difficult to say for sure, but few docs would worried about a lesion that has been there only 4 days. If the lesion persists more than a couple weeks definitely see your dentist/pmd/ent/oral surgeon. If you are using tobacco and quit now you may avoid effects. ...Read more

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Mouth cancer is cancer of the tissues of the mouth, such as the tongue, or inner surface of the cheek. People who smoke or drink excessively have a higher risk ...Read more


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