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Could mouth ulcers (lichen planus) result in oral cancer?

Could mouth ulcers (lichen planus) result in oral cancer?

LP is not related: Oral lichen planus is an autoimmune disease and even erosive LP is not related to mouth cancer. If concerned, see an oral pathologist specialist for LP management. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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What are the odds of getting mouth cancer due to oral lichen planus?

What are the odds of getting mouth cancer due to oral lichen planus?

Low: The incidence of lichen planus turning into some type of oral skin cancer is very low according to my opinion. I have never seen a case study where any cases have been reported. ...Read more

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I have oral lichen planus. I read a lot about the cancer risk of that. Rote, overall 1-2% and sometimes 0.2% for year. What is the real lifetime risk?

I have oral lichen planus. I read a lot about the cancer risk of that. Rote, overall 1-2% and sometimes 0.2% for year. What is the real lifetime risk?

Numbers!: Numbers are numbers, so one has to talk with his primary care doctor or specialist to see what the numbers really mean. A 1-2% risk means... Well, it means 1-2% of the people will get it (one can think of that as a lifetime risk). That means if a person is one of the lucky 98%, he has nothing to worry about (but of course, one can't know for sure that he will be lucky). ...Read more

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If the annual risk of cancer from oral lichen planus is about 0.2%, how the lifetime risk is just about 1%...After only 5 years the risk is already 1%?

If the annual risk of cancer from oral lichen planus is about 0.2%, how the lifetime risk is just about 1%...After only 5 years the risk is already 1%?

Low risk: Either way, the risk is very low. You should have regular dental exams to detect any changes. There are easy to administer test to determine cancer or pre-cancer changes. ...Read more

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I'm 27 years old and I have oral lichen planus. What is the risk that its will beacome a cancer someday in my life? The lifetime risk not the annually

I'm 27 years old and I have oral lichen planus. What is the risk that its will beacome a cancer someday in my life? The lifetime risk not the annually

Low, but be vigilant: Oral lichen planus will rarely ever evolve into cancer (squamous cell carcinoma). However, it is possible, especially when someone has poorly controlled disease that is chronically active with ulcers and erosions. This is why it is important to find a dermatologists that knows this problem and can help you. Good luck. ...Read more

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History of chronic oral lichen planus & peptic ulcers from h pylori starting in 2011. Can lichen planus be in stomach & am I at high risk for cancer?

History of chronic oral lichen planus & peptic ulcers from h pylori starting in 2011. Can lichen planus be in stomach & am I at high risk for cancer?

No: Lichenpkanis is a nuisance illness that does not affect the type of epithelium in the stomach. Helicobactr, however, is both unpleasant and dangerous. Thankfully it's manageable. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is a possibility if I have skin lichen planus I may have any cancer?

Please let me know if there is a possibility if I have skin lichen planus I may have any cancer?

Everyone: Everyone should see a dermatologist for any suspicious lesions, (lichen planus or otherwise), and a full body screening for anyone with previous severe sunburns, family history of skin cancer or just for peace of mind if that is a concern of yours. ...Read more

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Which is the difference between oral lichen planus and oral hairy leukoplakia of the tongue?

Which is the difference between oral lichen planus and oral hairy leukoplakia of the tongue?

Huge difference!: Lichen planus is a submucosal inflammatory lesion usually found on the cheeks. Sometimes ulcers can develop, but this represents little more than an irritating rash. Oral hairy leukoplakia is an opportunistic infection by epstein barr virus. This can be linked to steroid use, hiv, or any other condition causing a reduced immune response. ...Read more

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Anything new on treating oral lichen planus?

Anything new on treating oral lichen planus?

New treatments?: Most of lichen planus is non-symptomatic and doesn't need to be treated. If you have painful erosive lichen planus it is usually treated with steroids or anti-inflammatories. Unfortunately, these just treat the symptoms not the disease. Lichen planus is an auto-immune disorder and currently most medical professionals do not have effective tools to treat this problem short of corticosteroids. ...Read more

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How to keep oral lichen planus under control?

LP: Best thing to do is to consult your md and oral surgeon. Lp has no cure, will wax and wane and we treat the symptoms only. ...Read more

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Dentist said I have oral lichen planus, what to do?

Dentist said I have oral lichen planus, what to do?

Lichen Planus: Lichen planus will wax and wane. It is a chronic rash of unknown cause with no cure, may be itchy and poorly understood by medicine. It can be managed with medication both topical and oral. It may resolve on its own. Wish I could help more; see your dermatologist/oral surgeon to manage this disease. ...Read more

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Please let me know what is the connection between oral lichen planus and stiff palpable lymph nodes in neck?

Please let me know what is the connection between oral lichen planus and stiff palpable lymph nodes in neck?

Inflamation: Lichen planis is an autoimmune disorder which manifests in inflammatory responses. Your body will react to inflammation by trying to clean up the fluids and cells through your lymph system. The ones in your neck are the pathway, thus stiff nodes. Baylor university has a great clinic and support group that can help you understand this problem. Or see your dentist or dermatologist. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is a cure for oral lichen planus?

Please let me know if there is a cure for oral lichen planus?

No cure: There is no cure, just maintenance for lichen planus. Several dentists work with particular pharmacies to have a custom rinse made up for helping with the problem. Sometimes some meds may have to be administered in severe cases. I would consult your dentist or an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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What help is their for lichen planus? I have tried many oral pain medicine

There: There are slew of treatments for oral lichen planus. Unfortunately, many doctors are not verse with treating this condition. I have an extra area of expertise with oral diseases including lichen planus and have many patients with this condition. Treatments can range from topical steroids to systemic anti-inflammatories. The other providers in my office with expertise include dr john ebner do, karla horton pac, and michelle cote pac. ...Read more

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How can I cure oral thrush or lichen planus?

How can I cure oral thrush or lichen planus?

Oral thrush: With proper medical treatment, most simple thrush infections can be cured in about 7 to 14 days. Most likely the infection may not return as long as you stay healthy and well nourished. See your dentist for evaluation and treatment. There is no treatment for lichen planus. Take care. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is lichen planus in the oral cavity?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is lichen planus in the oral cavity?

Oral Lichen Planus: Oral lichen planus is an inflammatory lesion in the mouth usually presenting with a white lacy appearance thought to be an autoimmune response. See the following for more information- http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/oral-lichen-planus/basics/definition/con-20028031. ...Read more

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What are the best doctor/hospital to cure oral lichen planus (opl) in the us?

What are the best doctor/hospital to cure oral lichen planus (opl) in the us?

No cure: There is no cure, just maintenance for lichen planus. Several dentists work with particular pharmacies to have a custom rinse made up for helping with the problem. Sometimes some meds may have to be administered in severe cases. I would consult your dentist or an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which is the difference between oral lichen planus of the tongue and oral hairy leukoplakia of the tongue?

Hairy Leukoplakia: Is caused by the epstein barr virus and is seen in people with hiv. It is a variant of leukoplakia. Lp has no cure and is poorly understood. It may resolve on its own and the cause is unknown. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with oral lichen planus. Very painful. Normal treatments ineffective. Took cephalexin for another condition. Olp gone for 4 mos. Explain.

Diagnosed with oral lichen planus. Very painful. Normal treatments ineffective. Took cephalexin for another condition. Olp gone for 4 mos. Explain.

Autoimmune: This is an autoimmune disease where layers of the tissues tend to separate. It doesn't go away generally but will "come and go". Don't let it get out of hand. Usually routinely applied topical steroids will help. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what's good for oral lichen planus?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what's good for oral lichen planus?

Symptom Care Only: Start with a good diagnosis. There are different kinds of lp, some more annoying than others, so make sure your dentist/oral surgeon/ent has a firm diagnosis. There's no treatment unless you're having pain or other symptoms. No preventative measures either. We used to worry about malignant transformation, but that seems unlikely now. Sorry, but there's no good treatment except to relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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How do you get oral cancer?

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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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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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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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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Might I refuse an oral cancer exam?

Might I refuse an oral cancer exam?

Yes but.....: First, why would you? It's simple, harmless and can save your life. Oral cancer is on the rise. Secondly, be aware that we want to offer our patients the best dental care available. A dentist also has the right to not treat patients who refuse what he\she thinks is necessary and appropriate care and oral cancer screening is the standard of care nowadays. ...Read more

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In what way can someone get oral cancer?

Smoking ; drinking: The combination of tobacco and alcohol use is historically the greatest risk factor in developing oral cancer. Use of chewing or smokeless tobacco is also a big risk factor. In recent years, human papilloma virus (hpv: the same virus that causes cervical cancer) is turning out to be a major cause of oral cancer in non-smokers and non-drinkers. ...Read more

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What are possible symptoms of oral cancer?

What are possible symptoms of oral cancer?

Oral cancer: Painless white lesion lasting greater than three weeks, lesion that bleeds with little trauma, non-tender firm neck mass. ...Read more

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What's the diagnosis method for oral cancer?

What's the diagnosis method for oral cancer?

Biopsy: The only way to get a definitive answer is by doing a biopsy. This means that the doctor takes a piece of the suspected cancer and has it analyzed by another doctor, called a pathologist. Sometimes the biopsy can be done in the office with a little local anesthetic, and sometimes it needs to be done in the operating room. After that, the doctor may order other tests, such as ct scans. ...Read more

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How can you tell if someone has oral cancer?

How can you tell if someone has oral cancer?

See a dentist: Have an examination as oral cancer screening is part of your regular semiannual dental checkup.. ...Read more

Dr. John Ebner
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Lichen Planus (Definition)

A skin rash that is triggered by the immune system. It can be treated by using topical and oral medications to reduce symptoms, or by using drugs that ...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