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What Is Leukoplakia And Cancer Does It Lead To
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
Pre-cancer: Leukoplakia usually isn't dangerous, but it can sometimes be serious. A small percentage have precancerous cells or they may have cancerous cells mixed in or by the edges. If possible you want to remove cause (smoking, ill-fitting denture, broken tooth) and sometimes may biopsy to be safe, . A similarity is a change in the cell appearance under a microscope stained slide. From a healthy cell. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Need biopsy to tell!: Leukoplakia is a general term for any red lesion in the oral cavity. Although not all leukoplakia are cancerous, many cancers appear as leukoplakia on the surface. Some cancers are more aggressive than others, so there is no "set" time for leukoplakia to turn into cancer. These lesions should be checked by a dental professional sine early detection is very important in treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could somebody have leukoplakia and got cancer after 3 years you learn that you have this disease?
Unknown: There is no way to know the exact time it will take for leukoplakia to turn to cancer. Sometimes leukoplakia may not necessarily turn into cancer. I recommend you see an oral surgeon for an evaluation and get treated asap as this is a precancerous lesion. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does a leukoplakia on side of tongue that can get big (maybe two 1cm patches) then almost dissapear next day thn return day or 2 later sound lik cancer?
Benign Leukoplakia removed form vocal cord 1 mth ago. Now shows scar tissue. Do I need to worry abt turning to cancer or is everything ok? Scared
No imminent: Danger. You are not in any imminent danger, however, you should follow your doctor's advice for follow-up visits and tests. If you smoke, quit now. ...Read more
Elaborate? Benign Leukoplakia removed form vocal cord 1 mth ago. Shows big post-op scarring. Voice ok, worried about turning cancer later. Unlikely?
Remain watchful: Leukoplakia is a precursor lesion which can evolve into cancer in a small minority of people. But once it is removed then there is minimal risk of that change. Yet you must be checked by your ENT doctor periodically. This is an easy area to monitor yet any change of voice will require you to get checked. By and large you are expected to do well. So remain alert yet not worry too much. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it common to have lots scar tissue 1 mnth after removing benign leukoplakia from vocal cord? Can scar turn to cancer in future or is it unlikely?
Unlikely if benign: If the lesion is benign then it is very unlikely to transform into a cancerious focus. ...Read more
I got white patches on my tongue n on inside chicks. Doctor predicted it could b leukoplakia. Can u please tell me what care should I take? Is it cancer?
Have had white area on tongue for abt 1 year. No changes. Do I have to treat leukoplakia or can I leave it? Is an annual oral cancer screening enuf?
I am pregnant, doctor said I may have vulva leukoplakia. What affects does it have on my baby? Will it be cancer? What do I need to do?
The top of my gums below my bottom row of teeth, only in the front, are white. I had leukoplakia on my tongue that went away. Do I have cancer or a disease?
No: Leukoplakia is your epithelial response from a chronic irritation of a tobacco product (chewing or smoking. Leukoplakia is a white patch that cannot be rubbed off with a gauze. It is not cancerous, however, be careful it it is transform into erythroplakia which is a red patch. This indicated perusion of blood vessel before a growth of lesion occur. Stop smoking or chewing tobacco. ...Read more
Pretty common: Leukoplakia means "white patch".This is a fairly common occurrence on the cheeks inside the mouth. There are many causes of leukoplakia, some serious and some not. If the leukoplakia comes and goes, it is probably benign. However, if it remains for a long time, or changes in appearance, this may be an indication of some disease process. See a dentist to have such areas evaluated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not much: First you need a diagnosis. The only way to get one is to have a biopsy of the area. Leukoplakia is latin for "white patch". It is used only to describe a condition and is not a diagnosis. A vast number of things can give you leukoplakia so until you know what exactly is causing it there is nothing you can do for it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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