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Do I have oral cancer if I have white patches in my mouth?

Do I have oral cancer if I have white patches in my mouth?

Has to be seen and..: White patches in your mouth could be any number of things. See an oral surgeon for a definitive diagnosis. Unless the oral surgeon knows what it is and that it is not a neoplasm (growth), it should be biopsied. Most oral pathologists will tell you that even certain lesions that look benign can be precancerous and should be removed or at least biopsied. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Chances of developing oral cancer by age 25? Noticed a rough patch on my tongue But ive been told that cancer is extremely rare in 25 year olds

Chances of developing oral cancer by age 25? Noticed a rough patch on my tongue But ive been told that cancer is extremely rare in 25 year olds

You're right: It is rare. But never impossible. My previous advice still stands... have it examined. You want reassurance that your lesion is nothing to worry about, and that really can't be done over the internet. If it is there more than three weeks, have it examined by an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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I just noticed a rough patch on my tongue that seems extra sensitive. Can this be oral cancer? I've smoked on and off for 8 years but im also only 25

I just noticed a rough patch on my tongue that seems extra sensitive. Can this be oral cancer? I've smoked on and off for 8 years but im also only 25

See a dentist or OS: When there is rough patch on your tongue, you'd better take immediate measures to find out its reason. See your dentist for examination. ...Read more

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I wrongly explained a question. I noticed a rough patch on my tongue but its not visible it just feels a bit rougher. No lesion. Can this be oral cancer?

I wrongly explained a question. I noticed a rough patch on my tongue but its not visible it just feels a bit rougher. No lesion. Can this be oral cancer?

Get It Checked: Some oral cancers and pre-cancers are difficult to see. They are especially hard to see in your own mouth. Your dentist will have better lighting and be able to examine your mouth. Don't hesitate. Most oral cancers can easily be treated, when detected early. They can be deadly, if left too long. ...Read more

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I'm 30 female don't smoke or drink I have this little white patch on side of tongue scared it's oral cancer?

I'm 30 female don't smoke or drink I have this little white patch on side of tongue scared it's oral cancer?

Probably not: Hi
Probably it's not cancer. With tobacco products, the bigger risk for oral cancers are with chewing tobacco. Even in heavy users, it's very rare to see cancers in your age group. The first think you could check is to see if it scraps off easily with a soft toothbrush. If it does, it was just some dead "skin". Could also be a little fungal infection, which is easily treated. Hope this helps ...Read more

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I am 24 year old and I have white patches in my mouth from 4 months. Now I am worried. Is it a symptoms of oral cancer or else. What is better option.

I am 24 year old and I have white patches in my mouth from 4 months. Now I am worried. Is it a symptoms of oral cancer or else. What is better option.

White Patches: White patches in the mouth can be from a variety of causes including bite trauma, irritations from a poorly fitting dental appliance, overgrowth of a fungus called candida albicans, leukoplakia, which is common in tobacco users, or in rare cases, a form of oral cancer. Let a dentist, who is a specialist in diseases of the mouth examine you to determine the nature of your white patches. ...Read more

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White patches on my gums developed 1 year back & I applied creams it was fine, later it started to spread whole mouth? Is it symptom of oral cancer?

White patches on my gums developed 1 year back & I applied creams it was fine, later it started to spread whole mouth? Is it symptom of oral cancer?

Needs evaluated ASAP: This could just be recurrent oral thrush, but you must have cancer ruled out. You can start by seeing your primary care doctor, but you may want to see an oral surgeon to have an expert opinion. ...Read more

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Is there any link between oral cancer and thyroid cancer? Had papillary thyroid cancer now suspicious white/red patch on gums that needs biopsy

Is there any link between oral cancer and thyroid cancer? Had papillary thyroid cancer now suspicious white/red patch on gums that needs biopsy

Not aware: Not aware of any link, but if you have a lesion in your mouth that is different from your normal looking gum, go see a doctor or dentist. ...Read more

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Does make mouth pain, growths gum thickenings bumps red patches together always mean oral cancer? If not what else can be.22 occasional smoke marijuana

Does make mouth pain, growths gum thickenings bumps red patches together always mean oral cancer? If not what else can be.22 occasional smoke marijuana

Not always: It could be pre-cancerous inflammation that will resolve once smoking habit is gone. The only way to know for sure what is going on is by having an evaluation by a general dentist or oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Red patch inside cheek in mouth. Not swollen or painful, just raw to the touch. Been there 2 months. Lump on neck beside throat. Oral cancer?!

Red patch inside cheek in mouth. Not swollen or painful, just raw to the touch. Been there 2 months. Lump on neck beside throat. Oral cancer?!

Almost unheard of: In a person of your age. However, infection is a real possibility. You have health insurance coverage. You should see your GP and have this checked out. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is oral cancer?

What is oral cancer?

Cancer in the mouth: Oral cancer is one type of cancer and occurs more commonly in people who smoke and drink. HPV is an other causative agent for cancers in the back of the mouth. Please visit this site for more info.

http://www. Webmd. Com/oral-health/guide/oral-cancer ...Read more

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Is oral cancer common?

Is oral cancer common?

~35-40K cases/yr: There are about 35-40, 000 oral and pharynx cancers per year in the United States. ...Read more

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Symptoms of oral cancer?

Symptoms of oral cancer?

Please ask again: It is much better here, where we are limited to just a few lines to respond to be specific about your symptoms and question and not to ask such an open ended ambiguous question that could take a textbook to answer. ...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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Can cuts cause oral cancer?

Usually not: No simple cuts are not the cause of oral cancer. ...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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How do they treat oral cancer?

How do they treat oral cancer?

Multiple options: Depending on the stage and primary site of the cancer, surgery radiation and chemotherapy all have potential roles in treateing oral cancer. ...Read more

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How to know I have oral cancer?

How to know I have oral cancer?

Scalpel biopsy: The final diagnosis of oral cancers can only be made by a biopsy. ...Read more

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Are sores a sign of oral cancer?

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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Oral cancer does not spread right?

Wrong: Oral cancer spreads locally to other structures in the mouth, through lymph ducts to lymph nodes and via blood to other organs, e.g., lungs. ...Read more

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How do people develop oral cancer?

How do people develop oral cancer?

Carcinogens: Carcinogens usually will cause changes in the tissues that will result in cancerous growths. Many times these carcinogens are introduced through smoking cigarettes and the use of smokeless tobacco. ...Read more

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What are symptoms for oral cancer?

Varies: Symptoms can vary depending on the stage. There may or may not be pain. A red and white patch. There can be swelling as the cancer progresses. If you feel there is any chance of a cancer, you should see your dentist immediately. ...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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What are some signs of oral cancer?

What are some signs of oral cancer?

White patch: A red or white or red patch on the lips, inside cheeks, gums or tongue that does not go away could be an early sign of oral cancer. A non-healing ulcer is another sign. Don't wait for something to be painful. If you notice anything unusual (like the white patch in the picture), see your dentist or your doctor! ...Read more

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Is 16 too young to have oral cancer?

No: I hope you don't have oral cancer. Please check with your dentist to be sure. ...Read more

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What is thickening due to oral cancer?

What is thickening due to oral cancer?

A sign: Thickening of the mucosal lining of mouth can be due to cancer. If you have a problem in the mouth, see an oral surgeon for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Who is more susceptible to oral cancer?

Who is more susceptible to oral cancer?

Smokers, alcoholics: Tobacco + alcohol consumption is underlying over 95 % of all head and neck cancers. ...Read more

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What is a sign or symptom of oral cancer?

What is a sign or symptom of oral cancer?

A few: Ulcer that does not heal, whit or red patch, unexplained jaw/tooth pain. Swelling in neck. Trouble or painful swallowing or chewing.
If you have any of these. See an oral surgeon or ENT doc. ...Read more

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