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How do you know when you have cancer in your mouth from tobacco?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ed Kaplan
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Suspicious spot
The only way to know for sure that you have cancer is with a biopsy.
If you have a "lesion" (which can be a pimple, ulcer, crater, redness, thickening, etc) which doesn't go away, it should be evaluated by a health care professional. Dentists and oral surgeons should be able to evaluate, but the best evaluation would come from a head and neck surgeon (ent). Risk is high if you chew or smoke.

In brief: Suspicious spot
The only way to know for sure that you have cancer is with a biopsy.
If you have a "lesion" (which can be a pimple, ulcer, crater, redness, thickening, etc) which doesn't go away, it should be evaluated by a health care professional. Dentists and oral surgeons should be able to evaluate, but the best evaluation would come from a head and neck surgeon (ent). Risk is high if you chew or smoke.
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Dr. Ed Kaplan
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Check your mouth.
Tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco, is certainly a risk factor. Most patients present at over age 50.
There may be few or no symptoms. Mouth cancers can present as non healing ulcers that can be painful. Rarely, there can be painless lymph node enlargement. Patients are staged by size of tumor and lymph node involvement.

In brief: Check your mouth.
Tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco, is certainly a risk factor. Most patients present at over age 50.
There may be few or no symptoms. Mouth cancers can present as non healing ulcers that can be painful. Rarely, there can be painless lymph node enlargement. Patients are staged by size of tumor and lymph node involvement.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Dr. Joseph Woods
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
In brief: Get checked
Stop dipping or smoking.

In brief: Get checked
Stop dipping or smoking.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
In brief: Changes in mucosa
White patches, ulcer, indurated/hard area, bleeding, may suggest cancer.
Diagnosis may require biopsy and examination of tissue by a pathologist.

In brief: Changes in mucosa
White patches, ulcer, indurated/hard area, bleeding, may suggest cancer.
Diagnosis may require biopsy and examination of tissue by a pathologist.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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