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Can lip biting cause oral cancer? I have it as a habit.

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dennis Kelley
Dentistry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Usually not

Repeated severe lip biting can cause chronic stress and trauma to the lip .
Sometimes these traumatic lesions can have precancerous properties .In other words you may get lip cancer after years of aggressively biting your lip but there's no reason why you should get oral cancer from lip biting.

In brief: Usually not

Repeated severe lip biting can cause chronic stress and trauma to the lip .
Sometimes these traumatic lesions can have precancerous properties .In other words you may get lip cancer after years of aggressively biting your lip but there's no reason why you should get oral cancer from lip biting.
Dr. Dennis Kelley
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Dr. Donald Nimz
I agree. Use a good SPF chapstick to protect the lips, flavored may help break the habit.
Dr. Richard Ruden
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Probably not

Lip biting by itself does not produce oral cancer though there has been known cases.
Any lesion such as one caused by lip biting could become malignant but research on this has shown that generally this does not occur.

In brief: Probably not

Lip biting by itself does not produce oral cancer though there has been known cases.
Any lesion such as one caused by lip biting could become malignant but research on this has shown that generally this does not occur.
Dr. Richard Ruden
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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possibly yes

If you continue to bite your lip you are not likely to get cancer but it could happen.
The repeated trauma can cause inflammation and proliferation of the tissues in the area. Over time things can change and you can progress through some of the stages and eventually get cancer, but that takes a long time. Have it checked regularly and stop biting it.

In brief: Possibly yes

If you continue to bite your lip you are not likely to get cancer but it could happen.
The repeated trauma can cause inflammation and proliferation of the tissues in the area. Over time things can change and you can progress through some of the stages and eventually get cancer, but that takes a long time. Have it checked regularly and stop biting it.
Dr. Jake Richards
Dr. Jake Richards
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