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Could a chronic bad taste in my mouth be a sign of cancer?

Could a chronic bad taste in my mouth be a sign of cancer?

No: Chronic bad taste in the mouth is usually a result of sinus disease, gum disease, or acid reflux (stomach acid coming up into the mouth.) medications can cause this, as can nutritional supplements. Zinc deficiency can also cause this. Very rarely, cancers of the mouth or throat can cause a bad taste in the mouth, but other symptoms would be expected. ...Read more

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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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Are bumps and red dots in my mouth a sign of cancer or something else?

Are bumps and red dots in my mouth a sign of cancer or something else?

Need for examination: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining the lesions. If the lesions have persisted for more than a couple of weeks, it would be prudent to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I've got a small, hard, fixed in place lump behind my ear lobe, sort of in line with my mouth. It hurts to touch. Could be a sign of cancer?

I've got a small, hard, fixed in place lump behind my ear lobe, sort of in line with my mouth. It hurts to touch. Could be a sign of cancer?

Level II Lymph Node: What you are describing is a level ii lymph node. These are enlarged when you get a sore throat, and can be enlarged when cancer spreads to them as well. You could also have an infection (that might be red or warm). The fact that it is hard, though, makes it more worrisome for cancer. I would definitely have it checked out. ...Read more

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If I have uneven, misshappen ulcerated tonsils, is this a sign of cancer?

If I have uneven, misshappen ulcerated tonsils, is this a sign of cancer?

Possible: To know that the tonsils are misshappen and ulcerated suggests that there were symptoms requiring evaluation. Misshapen and ulcerated suggests that there is a definined infection causing this problem or that a malignant process is taking place. Squamous cell carcinoma is not uncommon nor is lymphoma. Considering the possibility of tumor development, biopsy is a requirement. ...Read more

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There's something white on my tongue, like a wart, tuber or a white pimple. Is it a sign of cancer?

There's something white on my tongue, like a wart, tuber or a white pimple. Is it a sign of cancer?

Can't tell here: White abnormalities ( not just taste buds) should be seen by a dentist or md (perhaps ear, nose, throat doc). Cancer unlikeky at your age. Get examined. ...Read more

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Could my neck lump be a sign of cancer? I have a pretty big lump that is visible on my left side especially if I turn my head. I am 21 years old cur

What about the lump?: If it is VERY large, more than a good inch across, rock hard, and / or stuck to nearby structures, get it seen. Otherwise, it's probably a lymph node and your friend. ...Read more

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Does a pea size lymph node under a chin a sign of cancer? 5 months and its not painful. I have discomfort under my chin and tongue due toacid reflux.

Does a pea size lymph node under a chin a sign of cancer? 5 months and its not painful. I have discomfort under my chin and tongue due toacid reflux.

No: Everybody has a few lymph nodes palpable in the neck. Since my strep throat as a second year med student, the one under my chin has been the size of a gorbanzo bean. Dozens of worried young adults have palpated it and been reassured. If your node is not growing, is not stony-hard, and isn't fixed to the surounding structures, ignore it. ...Read more

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I have difficult swallowing saliva only but no pain.Sometime upper abdomen heaviness and chest heaviness.Can this be sign of cancer?

I have difficult swallowing saliva only but no pain.Sometime upper abdomen heaviness and chest heaviness.Can this be sign of cancer?

Well...: Some of those symptoms can be seen in certain cancers but also can be due to many other conditions. At your age, i would say cancer is unlikely but you need to see a physician for a full evaluation. We cannot do that on health tap. Remember to avoid tobacco, limit alcohol intake, eat well, and exercise. Best to you. ...Read more

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Sign of cancer or std? Sudden appearance of a bald spot. Suddenly I have bald spot on the side of my head. It's about the size of a dollar coin. I'm a 24 year old girl with a lot of hair and this was just noticed.

Sign of cancer or std? Sudden appearance of a bald spot. Suddenly I have bald spot on the side of my head. It's about the size of a dollar coin. I'm a 24 year old girl with a lot of hair and this was just noticed.

Hello. : Hello. This may be alopecia areata. It is a spot where hair is lost. If that is the cause, it isn't due to cancer or a sexually transmitted disease. It usually resolves on it's own. If you are worried you could always see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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