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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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Can leukoplakia be a cancer?

Can leukoplakia be a cancer?

Can be: Leukoplakia may be a precursor to cancer and needs to be evaluated by a doctor. Sometimes a biopsy and examination of the tissue by a pathologist is required. ...Read more

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How is leukoplakia similar to cancer?

How is leukoplakia similar to cancer?

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 more

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How is leukoplakia related to cancer?

How is leukoplakia related to cancer?

It can sometimes: Be a precursor to cancer if chronic irritation of the tissue is allowed to exist. It should be checked visually on an annual basis and verified regularly with more definitive tests. ...Read more

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What is the average time for leukoplakia to form into cancer?

What is the average time for leukoplakia to form into cancer?

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 more

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Could somebody have leukoplakia and got cancer after 3 years you learn that you have this disease?

Could somebody have leukoplakia and got cancer after 3 years you learn that you have this disease?

It is possible: Mild leukoplakia is usually harmless and generally goes away on its own. The studies show that more serious cases may be linked to oral cancer. If concerned, see your dentist for consultation. ...Read more

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What is the amount of time it would take for leukoplakia to progress to oral cancer?

What is the amount of time it would take for leukoplakia to progress to oral cancer?

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 more

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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

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

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Elaborate? Benign Leukoplakia removed form vocal cord 1 mth ago. Shows big post-op scarring. Voice ok, worried about turning cancer later. Unlikely?

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 more

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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?

Get it checked: I'd recommend you defer to recommendation of a oral surgeon that knows his stuff. They'd prob want biopsy of some sort before feeling comfortable to watch it. I'd take lots of pics. ...Read more

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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?

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?

It is not Cancer: Leucoplakia is a chronic skin condition which can on rare occasions lead to cancer. So it does need to be monitored and treated but not immediately. There is no risk to your baby ...Read more

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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?

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

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How common is leukoplakia?

How common is leukoplakia?

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 more

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What can I use on leukoplakia?

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 more

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How do I know I have leukoplakia?

How do I know I have leukoplakia?

White area: Any white are in the mouth is called leukoplakia. It can be benign or cancer. See a dentist for a biopsy. ...Read more

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How is leukoplakia diagnosed usually?

White Patch: The term leukoplakia simply means a white patch. It is a clinical term and there are many things that can present as leukoplakia. The only way to get a definitive diagnosis is to biopsy it. ...Read more

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I have leukoplakia. How can treat it?

Reference Site: Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002041/.

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Leukoplakia (Definition)

White, thick patches on the oral mucosa due to hyperkeratosis of the epithelium, producing favorable conditions for development of epidermoid carcinoma; often occurring on the cheeks (l. Bucca┬┤lis), gums, or ...Read more