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How do you get oral cancer?

22 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry
9 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Wright
Dr. James Wright
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Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Also chewing tobacco or dip.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
5 doctors agree

In brief: A few

In brief: A few

Smoking, alcohol, HPV, poor diet, poor nutrition.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Sheila Calderon
chewing tobacco as well
4 doctors agree

In brief: Many ways

The most common way is being or having been a smoker of tobacco chewer. Although sometime many cases appear on the tongue on people who never smoked.
These usually have metastasized from other sites.

In brief: Many ways

The most common way is being or having been a smoker of tobacco chewer. Although sometime many cases appear on the tongue on people who never smoked.
These usually have metastasized from other sites.
Dr. Richard Charmoy
Dr. Richard Charmoy
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Dr. James Urbanic
although i agree that the most common type is from smoking or tobacco chewing, I should clarify that a metastasis from another site to the tongue is rare. The other developing cause of base of tongue cancer in non-smokers is HPV virus infection. This is becoming more common in younger non-smoking head and neck cancer patients and is likely related to oral sexual contact.
Dr. Dan Fisher
HIV and EBV as well, less commonly exposure to head / neck radiation and occupational exposure.
Dr. Daniel Sampson
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
4 doctors agree

In brief: Many ways

The known risk factors for oral cancer are tobacco use (whether cigarettes, cigars or smokeless tobacco), alcohol use, and infection with certain strains of human papilloma virus.
Genetics may play a role in some people.

In brief: Many ways

The known risk factors for oral cancer are tobacco use (whether cigarettes, cigars or smokeless tobacco), alcohol use, and infection with certain strains of human papilloma virus.
Genetics may play a role in some people.
Dr. Daniel Sampson
Dr. Daniel Sampson
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Many ways

The most common way is being or having been a smoker of tobacco chewer. Although sometime many cases appear on the tongue on people who never smoked.
These usually have metastasized from other sites. The hpv has caused a great increase in oral cancer. The younger generation needs to be educated about the hpv and oral cancer. The vaccine hasn't been out there that long.

In brief: Many ways

The most common way is being or having been a smoker of tobacco chewer. Although sometime many cases appear on the tongue on people who never smoked.
These usually have metastasized from other sites. The hpv has caused a great increase in oral cancer. The younger generation needs to be educated about the hpv and oral cancer. The vaccine hasn't been out there that long.
Dr. Richard Charmoy
Dr. Richard Charmoy
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