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Can leukoplakia be a cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Can be pre-cancerous

Leukoplakia is a thickening of the lining of the mouth tissues and is due to reaction from local irritation or inflammation and is common in tobacco users.
It can be a pre-cancerous condition and over time can become cancerous in a significant number of cases (up to 15-20%). Checking with your doctor to see if a biopsy may be necessary is the next step.

In brief: Can be pre-cancerous

Leukoplakia is a thickening of the lining of the mouth tissues and is due to reaction from local irritation or inflammation and is common in tobacco users.
It can be a pre-cancerous condition and over time can become cancerous in a significant number of cases (up to 15-20%). Checking with your doctor to see if a biopsy may be necessary is the next step.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
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In brief: Reference Site

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002041/.

In brief: Reference Site

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002041/.
Dr. Douglas Tavenner
Dr. Douglas Tavenner
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