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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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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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 first. : A dentist would be your first step for a thorough oral cancer screening. There are various ways with no one particular device, or method. Generally it begins with a visual inspection, followed by an evaluation and possible biopsy of suspicious non-healing lesions, and then proper referral to a specialist to manage the treatment. There are various types of oral lesions with a variety of etiologies. ...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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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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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: What you are describing is lingual tonsils and they pose no harm and often go away on it's own. If concerned, see your dentist for consultation. Best of luck. ...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 too 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 too 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 is oral cancer?

What is oral cancer?

Cancer in the mouth: Oral cancer is one type of cancer and occurs more commonly in people who smoke and drink. HPV is an other causative agent for cancers in the back of the mouth. Please visit this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/oral-cancer ...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?

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 do you get oral cancer?

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

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How can you get oral cancer?

How can you get oral cancer?

Varies: The common squamous carcinomas of the oropharynx are most often caused by tobacco, with alcohol and perhaps viruses often contributing. Others such as the minor salivary gland cancers seem to just happen by dumb luck, random genetic damage. ...Read more

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How do they treat oral cancer?

How do they treat oral cancer?

Multiple options: Depending on the stage and primary site of the cancer, surgery radiation and chemotherapy all have potential roles in treateing oral cancer. ...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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Are sores a sign of oral cancer?

Are sores a sign of oral cancer?

Of course: Oral cancer appears as a growth or sore in the mouth that does not go away. If concerned see your dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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How does someone get oral cancer?

How does someone get oral cancer?

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

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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


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Mouth Cancer (Definition)

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