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Oral Cancer White Patches
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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?
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
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
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?!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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