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What is the likelihood that a benign lesion caused from chronically biting or sucking the cheek will turn into cancer?

What is the likelihood that a benign lesion caused from chronically biting or sucking the cheek will turn into cancer?

Highly unlikely: Highly unlikely. Higher risk factors for intraoral carcinomas and head/neck cancers include tobacco products, alcohol abuse, and hpv virus. See your primary care doctor for more details. ...Read more

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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 to do if I am just wondering if cheek biting can cause cancer?

What to do if I am just wondering if cheek biting can cause cancer?

See Oral Surgeon: See the oral surgeon for evaluation. Typically this is not an issue, but it is not good to continue with this habit. Good luck. ...Read more

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I got habit of chronic nervous cheek biting for years now. I get ulcers now then. Can I get cancer too? My dad had oral ca he died from tobacco chewin

I got habit of chronic nervous cheek biting for years now. I get ulcers now then. Can I get cancer too? My dad had oral ca he died from tobacco chewin

Cheek Biting: Good evening; Continued biting of the cheek will cause pain, irritation and ulcers; however, cancer will not occur. You may have a very tender cheek, and require oral topical gels. Try to develop a technique where by you gently pull on you cheek in an outward manner, before bringing your teeth together. Tobacco chewing is entirely different- chewin tobacco may lead to oral carcinoma. ...Read more

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Is cheek biting a cancer risk?

Is cheek biting a cancer risk?

Theoretically Yes: The odds of that happening are very low, but it is possible. If you continue with this habit, at the very least, have your mouth checked one a year by a dentist. ...Read more

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The inside of my cheek is kinda thick. It has gotten a little raised and bumpy. I have been biting and picking in that area . Is this cancer or a reaction to my picking?

More likely: Your doing, but stop it, chronic irritation may be associated with cancer development, and the irritant of chewing tobacco may act this way. If it persists and enlarges, see an oral surgeon or ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could i get mouth cancer from biting skin off the inside of my cheek?

Please tell me, could i get mouth cancer from biting skin off the inside of my cheek?

Cheek biting: Remote if at all possible. Try to stop anyway. See your dentist for a routine soft tissues head and neck exam every six months. ...Read more

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Black round bump on right inside of cheek by bite line. Wasn't there on 2/10 @ dentist. There for 8 days. Keep biting it.I had HPV in 2005. Cancer?

Black round bump on right inside of cheek by bite line. Wasn't there on 2/10 @ dentist. There for 8 days. Keep biting  it.I had HPV in 2005. Cancer?

Maybe: Black round bump could be a mucosal melanoma inside cheek, a hemangioma or even hematoma if it arise from a bite at that site. While HPV is frequently involved with oral lesions, they are for the most part squamous Ca's that are ulcerating and not nodular in development. If resolution doesn't occur will probably need bx. ...Read more

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Is it true biting your cheeks cause mouth cancer? I do it on accident couple times when chewing gums because of my.Back molars

Is it true biting your cheeks cause mouth cancer? I do it on accident couple times when chewing gums because of my.Back molars

No.: Mouth cancer is caused most by alcohol and tobacco use, including smoking and chewing/smokeless tobacco. This usually presents by 50 years of age, and in the form of non-healing ulcers that can be painful. Teenagers might get it if they are particularly susceptable and do a lot of smoking, drinking alcohol, and chewing tobacco. Biting your cheeks should be discouraged, but it does not do this. ...Read more

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Can you get lip cancer from biting the skin inside of your cheeks and lips often?

Can you get lip cancer from biting the skin inside of your cheeks and lips often?

Changes may occur: Any sort of chronic irritation can cause changes in the soft tissues of the mouth. Most of the time the changes will be harmless but it would be prudent to try to break this habit. Any changes you do notice should be checked by your dentist. ...Read more

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Would biting the dead skin off of my lips really cause cancer?

Theoretically it may: Any repeated trauma can be associated with cancer. Any time the body has to make new cells, there is the chance that it will make a mistake in copying the dna, which in turn could lead to cancer. Lip cancer is much more commonly associated with repeated sunburns, though. So if you are worried about cancer, use a sunscreen chapstick. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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