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Doctor insights on: What Is Leukoplakia And Cancer Does It Lead To

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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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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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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), ...Read more