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Could white spots on the floor of the mouth be something besides cancer?

Could white spots on the floor of the mouth be something besides cancer?

Yes they often are n: It is often not cancerous. Leukoplakia is one such condition which should be considered. A good oral surgeon or dentist can help guide you further. ...Read more

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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What to do if I have red painless bumps on the floor of my mouth, could this be cancer?

What to do if I have red painless bumps on the floor of my mouth, could this be cancer?

Need to examine: It would be preferable for you to see your doctor for an examination. It is likely that the "bumps" are normal, sub-mucosal salivary glands and not cancer. ...Read more

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On the left side of the floor of my mouth near my tongue suddenly I felt a bump and pain, it became swollen so fast and painfull what could this be - cancer or what?

On the left side of the floor of my mouth near my tongue suddenly I felt a bump and pain, it became swollen so fast and painfull what could this be - cancer or what?

Salivary gland: Hello! It is most likely a salivary gland that is blocked. Sialolith is the name of this condition. Mineral deposits block the gland from secreting and they become swollen and painful. Sucking on lemons can help by increasing your salivary flow. You may need to see an oral surgeon if it doesn't get better and they will remove the calicification from your gland! Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I had surgery 4 weeks ago for cancer on the floor of the mouth. How long does it normally take for the tongue swelling to go down-not seeing much yet?

I had surgery 4 weeks ago for cancer on the floor of the mouth. How long does it normally take for the tongue swelling to go down-not seeing much yet?

Continue to observe: Hi Anne, Depending on how much tissue was removed and whether or not you had a primary closure or skin graft the healing process can be rather quick or may take a few weeks. If the surgery was for a malignancy, this means that your surgeon likely had to remove margins (normal tissue) around the cancerous cells and this would then lead to more postop swelling and healing time. ...Read more

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Cancer; squamous cell carcinoma of the floor of the mouth, second occurcence and the danger`s involved, what do you suggest?

Cancer; squamous cell carcinoma of the floor of the mouth, second occurcence and the danger`s involved, what do you suggest?

Some ideas: If you are still smoking or using smokeless tobacco, stop. A recurrent cancer must be treated on an individual basis depending on how far it has gotten and what the pathologist found. I see you're only 35 years old and this makes your case atypical. Try to get to a cancer center that handles a lot of these cases. ...Read more

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I'm 27 years old nd I have growth cyst or tumor in both parotid gland nd on the floor of the mouth nd I'm so afraid that it cancer please help me?

I'm 27 years old nd I have growth cyst or tumor in both parotid gland nd on the floor of the mouth nd I'm so afraid that it cancer please help me?

2B brave act brave: Your real question is, "how do I get the courage to get it seen? " it is probably not cancer at your age and with this presentation, if so it's likely curable (we cure 2 of 3 today) but you're going to need to steel yourself and make a doctor's appointment. This is where your best friend comes in handy -- tell him/her, make the phone call, and ask him/her to accompany you. Cheers. ...Read more

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Have four dental cleanings per year. Plus recent exam. Noticed white pimple of sorts on floor of mouth. Internet screams cancer. Should I be worried?

Have four dental cleanings per year. Plus recent exam. Noticed white pimple of sorts on floor of mouth. Internet screams cancer. Should I be worried?

Internet Diagnosis: A lesion (if that is what it is) such as yours cannot be diagnosed over the internet. You visit your dentist four times per year and have what appears to be a healthy, solid relationship. It would be so much better to express your concerns to your dentist, someone who has seen you many times and can certainly alleviate your concerns. ...Read more

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I have a lump on floor of mouth under tongue. It feels like one lump on right side but I can see two in the mirror with white heads. Oral Cancer?

I have a lump on floor of mouth under tongue. It feels like one lump on right side but I can see two in the mirror with white heads. Oral Cancer?

See your dentist: The lump under the tongue can be a harmless anatomical structure, but it can also be the sign of a more serious condition. Some conditions also may require further assessment; tests and your doctor may schedule a follow-up appointment or refer you to a specialist to determine a diagnosis. Do not delay. ...Read more

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If a blister/ulcer on floor of my mouth doesn't heal after few weeks, does that mean chances of oral cancer are very high?

If a blister/ulcer on floor of my mouth doesn't heal after few weeks, does that mean chances of oral cancer are very high?

No: Don't assume the worst right away. You're right that most oral sores seem to heal within a few weeks, but that's just a general guideline. Make sure you're not doing anything to aggravate healing like frequent rinsing with an alcohol based rinse. I would have the area checked out though to see if it warrants further investigation. ...Read more

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What do mouth cancers look like?

What do mouth cancers look like?

Ulcers.: Oral cavity cancers often present as nonhealing ulcers that can be painful. ...Read more

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I'm afraid I have cancer of the mouth?

I'm afraid I have cancer of the mouth?

Why?: And if you truly think you do, what in god's creation are you waiting for? See an ENT or at least visit your family doc. ...Read more

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Describe cancer sores on the inside of mouth?

Describe cancer sores on the inside of mouth?

Sores: If you have sores on the inside of your mouth, it is best you go see your doctor to determine whether they are best treated by medicine or appear to warrant a biopsy. Your question is not answerable without a physical exam and more information from you. ...Read more

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Can cancer from chewing on the inside of your mouth?

Can cancer from chewing on the inside of your mouth?

Chewing: Gum is not a problem, although some claim chronic buccal (cheek) irritation form biting is a hazard. Tobacco, a huge risk of oral (gum, tonue, alveolar ridge, buccal mucosa). You are addicted to the nicotine; quitting wll be hard, nicotine addicts: tobacco kills. ...Read more

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Is is fact or fiction that people who chew the insides of their mouths will develop oral cancer?

Is is fact or fiction that people who chew the insides of their mouths will develop oral cancer?

Fiction: The causes of oral cancer are tobacco use, alcohol use, human papilloma virus, or genetics. This is an old wives tale. ...Read more

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What are the signs of mouth cancer?

What are the signs of mouth cancer?

A few: A sore, ulcer, swelling, or pain in the mouth. If such a lesion persists beyond a couple of weeks, see an oral surgeon for evaluation and possible biopsy. ...Read more

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How could I have gotten mouth cancer?

Unknown: Mouth cancer is associated with tobacco use and with alcohol excess. This is the most common way to get mouth cancer. ...Read more

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I have a red dot in my mouth. Could I have cancer?

Red dot: Not enough information to make a statement.
To ease your concerns you should see your dentist for an evaluation or if not satisfied then an oral surgeon.
This is not urgent but you should follow up. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the signs of mouth cancer?

I was wondering what are the signs of mouth cancer?

Un healing ulcer: Oral cancer might come in the form of an ulcer that does not heal or an immobilized mass that does not heal and increase in size. ...Read more

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Can a really bad taste in mouth be cancer?

Can a really bad taste in mouth be cancer?

Non-specific.: While any new symptoms, no matter what, deserves an investigation, a bad taste in the mouth would be a rather non-specific finding and would not be directly and specifically indicative of cancer by itself. ...Read more

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Is fibroma in the mouth the same as cancer?

No: A mouth fibroma may be a benign growth that is firm and non-cancerous, and could even be one type called a "bite fibroma" caused by repeated (inadvertent) damage to the inner cheek by biting the mucosa while chewing. You can also get mouth fibromas from chewing your lip or running the same spot over a chipped tooth, for example. Fibroma is not a cancer, but a non-biopsied growth could be! ...Read more

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Blood out of the mouth mean you have cancer?

Blood out of the mouth mean you have cancer?

Not necessarily: Periodontal disease is a more likely cause. However, bleeding anywhere is a cause for concern and you should consult you doctor for an examination and evaluation. ...Read more

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How do you know when you have cancer in your mouth?

Variable symptoms: Cancer of the mouth may present as non-healing ulcer, white plaques, bleeding, a mass. Definitive diagnosis needs a biopsy and examination of the tissue by a pathologist. ...Read more

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What causes whitish spots in the mouth besides cancer?

What causes whitish spots in the mouth besides cancer?

Several things...: White spots on the lining of the oral cavity / mouth are sometimes called "leukoplakia". These can be related to cancer or cancer precursors but can also be seen as the result of other triggers such as inflammation, trauma, and even infections (like yeast / fungal infections). See a primary care provider or a dentist if you have concerns about these. ...Read more

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I have a precancerous lesion in my mouth, would I get cancer?

I have a precancerous lesion in my mouth, would I get cancer?

See your doctor: Any whitish lesion in the mouth that doesn't go away with brushing should be checked out (leukoplakia). If it is suspicious, get it out. The oral pathologist will determine whether further therapy is warranted. ...Read more

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What does it look like to have oral lesions in mouth, or cancer?

See Oral Pathologist: As specialists in the area of oral diseases, oral pathologists are usually able to determine the proper diagnosis more quickly and with a special diagnostic testing compared to other practitioners. Most oral lesions are traumatic in nature and have no potential for cancer. ...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