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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

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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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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'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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What to do to tell if I have mouth/oral cancer?

What to do to tell if I have mouth/oral cancer?

See specialist: The best answer is to see an ENT who will do a complete mouth/throat along with a complete ENT exam to evaluate for any signs of cancer. Typically cancerous lesions in the mouth are white or red, may bleed easily or not heal, or are slowly enlarging. In the us the risk is definitely increased in smokers, heavy alcohol drinkers, or chewing tobacco users. However there are other causes too. ...Read more

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Where in the mouth does oral cancer from chewing usually develop?

Where in the mouth does oral cancer from chewing  usually develop?

Oral cancer: Oral cancer usually develops in the place where you pocket the wad of tobacco. If you see or feel anything unusual in your mouth, please see an oral surgeon or ENT doctor immediately. Oral cancers are curable if detected early. And STOP CHEWING!!!! It's a nasty habit that causes cancer, bad breath, teeth loss, and datelessness! ...Read more

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What to do if I have a feeling that its oral cancer, even though I know its common in mouth?

Examination: Have an oral surgeon examine your lesion. "Having a feeling" is not going to give you the answers you need. Seek the care of a professional. ...Read more

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I have an ulcer in my mouth. Is that a form of oral cancer?

See a dentist: Usually not but you should get it checked by a dentist just to be sure. ...Read more

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Weird sore/bump in mouth wonder if i might have oral cancer?

Get it checked: Go to see your doctor and have it evaluated. If your doc thinks that is suspicious, he/she will refer you for a biopsy to really see what it is. ...Read more

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Should gynos be doing mouth checks since oral cancer from STDs is on the rise?

Should gynos be doing mouth checks since oral cancer from STDs is on the rise?

While I am a: Cancer physician, and i know what diagnosis my patients have, i tend to do a physical with a focus based on what the patient tells me. Hpv associated cancer in the head and neck is associated with the oropharynx: tonsils, tongue base, pharyngeal walls, suprglottic larynx...You cannot see most of this without a mirroe or a scope. Oral (tongue, floor of mouth, buccal mucosa, etc) best by dds/ent. ...Read more

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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


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

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