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Can a teen have mouth cancer?

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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Get checked.

In brief: Yes

Get checked.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology

In brief: Rarely

Epstein Barr virus infection can cause mouth cancer in a teenager, but the lesion is uncommon in the US.
In a susceptible teenager, tobacco may induce mouth cancer in a short time, again, rarely.

In brief: Rarely

Epstein Barr virus infection can cause mouth cancer in a teenager, but the lesion is uncommon in the US.
In a susceptible teenager, tobacco may induce mouth cancer in a short time, again, rarely.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Thank you. Nice answer.
Dr. Helen Mabry
Surgery

In brief: Unlikely

Cancer of the mouth is related to age and happens more commonly in older people.
Mouth problems in teens are more likely benign. If something abnormal is present in the mouth for more than two weeks you should see your doctor for evaluation.

In brief: Unlikely

Cancer of the mouth is related to age and happens more commonly in older people.
Mouth problems in teens are more likely benign. If something abnormal is present in the mouth for more than two weeks you should see your doctor for evaluation.
Dr. Helen Mabry
Dr. Helen Mabry
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology

In brief: It is possible.

Alcohol and tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco, is certainly a risk factor. Most patients present at over age 50.
There may be few or no symptoms. If a teen uses alcohol and/or tobacco a lot, he/she may get it, but it usually takes long. Some patients with burkitt's lymphoma can have head/neck lesions at pre-teen age.

In brief: It is possible.

Alcohol and tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco, is certainly a risk factor. Most patients present at over age 50.
There may be few or no symptoms. If a teen uses alcohol and/or tobacco a lot, he/she may get it, but it usually takes long. Some patients with burkitt's lymphoma can have head/neck lesions at pre-teen age.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Dr. Joseph Woods
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