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Can you get tongue cancer because of a tongue piercing?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Amir Faridi
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
4 doctors agree
In brief: No
There is no data that tongue piercing can cause cancer.

In brief: No
There is no data that tongue piercing can cause cancer.
Dr. Amir Faridi
Dr. Amir Faridi
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: What you can get?
Although piercings are not associated with cancer, they can cause lots of other problems.
Tongue barbells can chip or fracture front teeth & gums. An unscrewed barbell can be aspirated into lungs. Infections can be quite severe & eventually lead to disfigurement. There can be significant blood loss & permanent neuralgia (pain).

In brief: What you can get?
Although piercings are not associated with cancer, they can cause lots of other problems.
Tongue barbells can chip or fracture front teeth & gums. An unscrewed barbell can be aspirated into lungs. Infections can be quite severe & eventually lead to disfigurement. There can be significant blood loss & permanent neuralgia (pain).
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Chad Levitt
Radiation Oncology
In brief: No
Piercings have not been associated with cancer development.
Still, i would b sure that it done in as hygienic and sterile of a manner as possible as infections and some viruses can cause an increase risk of malignant transformation such as the ebv or hpv vital strains. Most people already have the hpv virus so not likely that piercing is a risk for its contagion beyond what your risk already is.

In brief: No
Piercings have not been associated with cancer development.
Still, i would b sure that it done in as hygienic and sterile of a manner as possible as infections and some viruses can cause an increase risk of malignant transformation such as the ebv or hpv vital strains. Most people already have the hpv virus so not likely that piercing is a risk for its contagion beyond what your risk already is.
Dr. Chad Levitt
Dr. Chad Levitt
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Dr. Robert Tupac
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
In brief: No
Tongue piercing is not associated with cancer statistics in any way.

In brief: No
Tongue piercing is not associated with cancer statistics in any way.
Dr. Robert Tupac
Dr. Robert Tupac
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