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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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Doctors, what are the chances of getting oral cancer from hpv?

Doctors, what are the chances of getting oral cancer from hpv?

Summary: The leading cause of oropharyngeal cancer is from HPV, a very small number of oral cavity cancers also occur from HPV. Any suspicious lesion should be evaluated by oral surgeon or ENT doc.
For more information: http://oralcancerfoundation.org/understanding/hpv/ ...Read more

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My uncle have oral cancer a year ago, surgery and radian used, now again cancer repeated and doctor (a k dewan) starts giving kimo. Will he fine?

My uncle have oral cancer a year ago, surgery and radian used, now again cancer repeated and doctor (a k dewan) starts giving kimo. Will he fine?

Maybe: Depends on the type of cancer, how aggressive it is/was and where it was located in the oral cavity. Squamous cell cancers have the worst prognosis long term. Hope all goes well for you and your uncle. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, what does oral cancer look like?

Hello doctors, what does oral cancer look like?

Oral Cancer: There is no one appearance. It can be small and innocuous looking or large and menacing in appearance. As trained dentists, we usually cannot know in the early stages whether a lesion is benign or cancerous (or not a neoplasm). That's why we need to remove and biopsy most lesions. All lesions that are not gone after two weeks warrant a visit to an oral surgeon for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What kind of doctors does tests for oral cancer?

What kind of doctors does tests for oral cancer?

ENT or Oral surgeons: Oral surgeons or ear nose & throat specialists. ...Read more

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If you have oral cancer will it show up on both sides of mouth at same time? Sorry for all the seperate questions but can't get into doc for2 more wks

If you have oral cancer will it show up on both sides of mouth at same time?  Sorry for all the seperate questions but can't get into doc for2 more wks

Yes, it is possible: Cancer can strike any part of the mouth, including the lips and tongue. If the cancer is not detected early, tumors can grow deep into local tissues and spread to lymph glands in the neck. The risk for oral cancer increases with age and alcohol and tobacco use. Only biopsy can support the diagnosis. Take care. ...Read more

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Can doctor separate sore that related to Aphtha or to oral cancer?

Can doctor separate sore that related to Aphtha or to oral cancer?

Yes: Aphthous ulcers are or short duration. Oral cancer ulcers don't go away. See an oral surgeon or ENT doc.for exam if sores persist. ...Read more

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Hi Doc i have been having this extreme pain in my mouth and tons of mucus anf the back of my throat looks terrible and im afraid that i have developed oral cancer think google is scaring me with self diagnosis my throat and mouth burns daily no relief the

Hi Doc i have been having this extreme pain in my mouth and tons of mucus anf the back of my throat looks terrible and im afraid that i have developed oral cancer think google is scaring me with self diagnosis my throat and mouth burns daily no relief the

See MD or Dentist: See the MD or Dentist for examination. Does not sound like oral cancer, more like a localized viral or bacterial infection. Possible primary herpetic gingivostomatitis, sinus infection, allergic reaction to environmental irritants (allergy season very bad), strep throat, etc. Get in to see the Docs right away. Good Luck. Meantime- warm salt water rinses, ibuprofen, high fluid intake, rest. ...Read more

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My ent doctor scoped me in my throat and up my nose and checked my ears with a tool he said no pre cancer does that mean no oral cancer?

My ent doctor scoped me in my throat and up my nose and checked my ears with a tool he said no pre cancer does that mean no oral cancer?

No oral cancer: ENT doctors always inspect your face, neck, throat, lips, nose and mouth to look for any signs of oral or other cancer. Screening for head and neck cancer is a part of ENT's comprehensive examination. ...Read more

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Who is the best type of specialist to see if you have a suspicion of oral cancer?

General dentist: If you suspect you may have oral cancer, go to your general dentist first. Have him or her take a look at the area and see what they think. If it looks suspicious to your dentist, he will then do a biopsy or refer you to an oral surgeon for a biopsy. A biopsy is where a small piece of the tissue is removed and sent to a lab for analysis. The oral surgeon will proceed with treatment from there. ...Read more

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What's the best way to stop worrying about my health I keep thinking about oral cancer and I can't get it off my mind no matter the symptom I see canc?

What's the best way to stop worrying about my health I keep thinking about oral cancer and I can't get it off my mind no matter the symptom I see canc?

Cancer Anxiety: Hello, I see many patients who share your concern. The first question I would have is, "do you have any risk factors?" these would include smoking or chewing tobacco, drinking alcohol, family history of cancer, exposure to oral viral infections. If the answer is yes then schedule an appointment with your ENT physician. Fortunately, a complete exam will answer your question and resolve your anxiety. ...Read more

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Who do I see if I suspect I have oral cancer?

Who do I see if I suspect I have oral cancer?

Oral Surgeon: I would recommend that you start with your dentist and he can recommend and oral surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the odds of an adult male receiving a positive diagnosis of oral cancer? If positive--see oncologist or other dds for 2nd opinion biopsy?

What are the odds of an adult male receiving a positive diagnosis of oral cancer? If positive--see oncologist or other dds for 2nd opinion biopsy?

Oral Cancer: See the following article for some statistics (heavy alcohol drinking and smoking tobacco significantly raise chances, multiples if both) : http://www.Oralcancerfoundation. Org/cdc/cdc_chapter3. Htm while it might be a physician, a general dentist usually is the first to be suspicious of an oral lesion. He\she will generally refer to oral surgeon. With + biopsy, os will know who to refer you to. ...Read more

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If you suspect possible oral cancer, should you see primary care physician, or dentist? Thanks

If you suspect possible oral cancer, should you see primary care physician, or dentist? Thanks

Dentist/Oral Surgeon: An oral surgeon or a well-trained general dentist can evaluate the area and perform a biopsy which is necessary to diagnose the problem correctly. ...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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Have mucus like substance on tongue. But when brushing and coughing up mucus from being sick it all goes away. See a brown/black spot trying to develop on side of tongue VERY CONCERNED of mouth / oral cancer. I have no bleeding, pain or anything just

Have mucus like substance on tongue. But when brushing and coughing up mucus from being sick it all goes away. See a brown/black spot trying to develop on side of tongue VERY CONCERNED of mouth / oral cancer. I have no bleeding, pain or anything just

Go see: Any visualized change in your mouth should be evaluated. Please see your Dentist or an Oral Surgeon for evaluation. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be told there's nothing to worry about? And on the slight chance that there is a problem it, s better to have it resolved as quickly as possible. ...Read more

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What can doctors do for mouth cancer can it be fixd?

Yes if treated early: Like most cancers, oral cancer treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. ...Read more

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If you want a really good mouth cancer check would you go to your doctor or dentist?

If you want a really good mouth cancer check would you go to your doctor or dentist?

Generally Dentists: Dentists are specialists of the mouth and are more familiar of what's normal vs abnormal. Most dentists also have advanced screening systems (such as vizilite) to detect abnormalities before the eye can detect them.
Oral cancer screenings are routinely done at your regular exam visits so be regular! ...Read more

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Suffering with mouth cancer under stage 4b. Doctors suggest chemotherapy after which decision can b taken regarding surgery.

Suffering with mouth cancer under stage 4b. Doctors suggest chemotherapy after which decision can b taken regarding surgery.

Best doctors!: I'm sorry to hear about your cancer. Even if you had the best doctors answering questions on this website, they would need to see you personally along with all your test results in order to try to advise you. If I were in your position, I would seek the best head and neck surgeon and oncologist, either in or out of your country for consultation. Perhaps get a few opinions. Then follow their advice. ...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?

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 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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What are symptoms for oral cancer?

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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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

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


Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Mouth Cancer (Definition)

Cancer or the mouth or oral cancer. See an oral surgeon or ...Read more