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What are tests for mouth cancer? Could I get it from smoking and sex?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Bornfeld
Dentistry
4 doctors agree

In brief: A careful oral exam

The most effective tests for mouth cancer are good lighting, perceptive eyes, sensitive fingers, and proper training.
When these tools detect a tissue abnormality, a biopsy can distinguish cancerous from benign lesions. Tobacco is well known to promote cancer. Sex is a more controversial risk factor, but some strains of sexually transmitted human papilloma virus are also thought to confer risk.

In brief: A careful oral exam

The most effective tests for mouth cancer are good lighting, perceptive eyes, sensitive fingers, and proper training.
When these tools detect a tissue abnormality, a biopsy can distinguish cancerous from benign lesions. Tobacco is well known to promote cancer. Sex is a more controversial risk factor, but some strains of sexually transmitted human papilloma virus are also thought to confer risk.
Dr. Mark Bornfeld
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Alcohol intake is an additional avoidable risk factor.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Yes. . See oral surgeon or ENT doc if you have any of these symptoms: Persistent mouth sore, persistent mouth pain, a lump or thickening in the cheek, a white/red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth, a sore throat, hoarseness or feeling that something is caught in the throat that does not go away, difficulty swallowing/chewing.

In brief: Yes

Yes. . See oral surgeon or ENT doc if you have any of these symptoms: Persistent mouth sore, persistent mouth pain, a lump or thickening in the cheek, a white/red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth, a sore throat, hoarseness or feeling that something is caught in the throat that does not go away, difficulty swallowing/chewing.
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Raymundo Romero
Internal Medicine - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: YES AND YES

Smoking has been the major risk factor for cancers of the mouth but more recently oral sex has been identified as a risk factor due to the human papilloma virus 16.
How do we test for it a good visual oral exam.

In brief: YES AND YES

Smoking has been the major risk factor for cancers of the mouth but more recently oral sex has been identified as a risk factor due to the human papilloma virus 16.
How do we test for it a good visual oral exam.
Dr. Raymundo Romero
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