Cancer that originates in the cells of the mouth is called oral cancer. This type of cancer includes cancer of the lips, tongue, cheeks, gums, floor of the mouth, hard palate, and soft palate. The symptoms of oral cancer are sore lips, growth in your mouth, loose teeth, drastic weight loss, sore throat, jaw stiffness, and tongue pain.
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I am a frequent smoker and have two skin flaps that protrude from my mouth. Are these flaps related to cancer?
Query: Hi doctor, I have two flaps of skin on the inside of my mouth at the top of the cheek next to my upper set of teeth.They are painless but occasionally make it feel as though something is stuck between my teeth. I have been a regular smoker for the past three years, so am I developing cancerous tumo... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query, As per your history it seems to me that these are the openings of parotid duct. These are normal anatomical structures, there is no need to worry. Consult a dentist or share me a picture, so then I will provide you better possible opinion. Pl... Read Full »
What are the chances of cancer recurring after six months of operation?
Query: Hello doctor, My brother-in-law underwent an operation on the right side of the CA tongue, followed by radiation and chemotherapy six months ago. For the last two weeks, he has had pain on the left side of the tongue, and we consulted the doctor again. The doctor said there was no possibility of fur... Read Full »
Dr. J. Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand that your brother-in-law has undergone treatment for tongue cancer. I would like to point out a few things: Radiation so soon after previous radiation therapy is not advisable. The doctor's opinion is correct. This looks like a very aggressive tumor. We... Read Full »
Can HPV in sexually active individual cause throat cancer?
Query: Hello doctor, I do not show any signs or symptoms. Instead, I just want accurate information on the subject of HPV in a sexually active individual. I would like to know its role in throat cancer. Yes, I know it can cause it, but I would like to know more regarding numbers. Is it rare? What percenta... Read Full »
Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Cancer in the oral cavity and larynx has many clear risk factors, including smoking and alcohol consumption. Although human papillomavirus (type 16) is found in most oral and laryngeal cancers. There is no evidence that it is the cause of cancer. There are many studies ... Read Full »
I have a recurring lesion on my tongue, and I am worried if it is HPV. Please help.
Query: Hi doctor, About four years ago, I developed a lesion on the top of my tongue. It was almost a wart-like cluster resemblance. It went away after two weeks. A year passed, and I developed another growth in the same spot that, again, went away after two weeks. I was clear for about two years, and then... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I have seen the attached images (attachment removed to protect patient's identity). These appear to be tongue warts or likely a squamous papilloma. Yes, around 50 percent of such cases are documented to be associated with HPV (human papil... Read Full »
I had my wisdom tooth extracted a few weeks back, and now I have jaw pain and discomfort in my mouth. Kindly help.
Query: Hello doctor, I had my wisdom tooth extraction a few weeks back, and now I have jaw pain and discomfort in my mouth. Sometimes I have a feeling that something is inside my mouth. I had this weird feeling of something being lodged in my tongue for a while before my wisdom tooth was extracted. One ly... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. I will be answering your queries shortly. Thank you. Read Full »
Do the white patches in my mouth suggest some kind of cancer?
Query: Hello doctor,I have developed white patches in my mouth for a few days. The images are attached herewith. There is pain some days, and other days there is no pain at all. There is no bleeding, either. Recently, I visited an ENT specialist. He referred me to a dentist. The dentist advised me to remov... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Well, you need to get your wisdom teeth out. The patches are due to their eruption period. No need to worry as it is not cancerous. But, it may create problems like dryness, etc. I sugg... Read Full »
What are the first signs of oral cancer?
Query: Hi doctor, I have been very worried about my health lately. I would like to preface this by saying that I have been experiencing anxiety off late and I have a suspicion that some of these symptoms could be related to that. I am currently weaning off of Prednisone, which I have been taking for an all... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. I want to clarify details regarding who advised you to start Prednisone, and for how long have you been on it as this a drug which suppresses your immunity and causes a secondary infection. Care should be taken befor... Read Full »
I have a lesion in my oral cavity. Can you suggest if it is something to be concerned about?
Query: Hi doctor,I have been suffering from a lesion for the past three days. I have attached the picture. Can you please tell me if it is concerning or not?Thank you. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I will examine the picture (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) and get back to you. Thank you. Read Full »
Why do I have black spots on my tongue?
Query: Hello doctor, I am having black spots on the tongue. What might be the cause for it? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Black spots on the tongue might be due to: Hyperpigmentation of the tongue (present since birth) for which you need not worry. Exposure to any chemicals. Tongue piercing. Scar due to any oral surgical procedures. An initial stage of a condition called hairy to... Read Full »
Is recurrent swelling in the anterior palate indicative of oral malignancy?
Query: Hi doctor, About two months ago, I realized that my hard palate in the anterior region was very swollen. Out of panic, I pushed it down with my finger. It did not feel solid or firm. Instead, there was a pus discharge. Afterward, my anterior palate near the incisive papilla went down a bit. This ha... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and all your pictures (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). From the images, the swollen mass at the center of your hard palate could be a torus palatinus. And the supposed swelling of your incisive papilla region ... Read Full »