oral cancer...how do I know?

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oral cancer...how do I know?

by lindsay0379 on Thu Oct 21, 2010 08:20 AM

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Hello Everyone,

I have some questions hoping someone could answer me! I am only 21 years old, so I am a little hesitant about all of this!  I am in nursing school, and it has been really tough on me. I started getting canker sores on both sides of my tongue, and I am not constantly having canker sores, ususally one on one side for a week, and then one on the next side for another week. So just continuous and painful. As I was investigating my canker sores, I saw this white patch, very suttle, about an inch in length on the side of my tonuge. It has been there for about a month now. It did not hurt at first but its very sore everyday now with canker a couple canker sores around it. I had my boyfriend look at it and he said he can barely see anything. I can feel it, and I notice that this was never there before. So here are my questions:

1) Since it is very light right now (but you can still see it, and its very sore in my mouth), if I were to go to a doctor to have it checked out, do you think they would be able to tell me if it is cancer at this poin?

2) What are the signs of oral cancer? What do you feel and see?

3) What kind of doctor do I make an appointment with? Just my regular family doctor? Go to the hospital? Dentist?

4) How do I know the doctor is assessing me completley and thoroughly ?


-If anyone could please answer these questions for me, I would really appreciate it! Thank you so much for all the help!

RE: oral cancer...how do I know?

by Suzie2 on Thu Oct 21, 2010 10:23 AM

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Hi Lindsay

my advice to you is go and see either your doctor, or your dentist who by the way is trained to detect diseases of the mouth whilst giving you your check ups.  They may not be able to tell you what it is (its not always cancer), but if this is the case they will refer you to specialists.  Hopefully they can put your mind at rest and prescribe something to treat the symptoms.  

Once you have been to see them you are in the system and should the problem get worse you have a direct line to the specialists.

So my advice is do not waste any more time worrying go to see your doctor or dentist and hopefully put your mind at rest.

Good luck Suzanne

RE: oral cancer...how do I know?

by lindsay0379 on Thu Oct 21, 2010 07:28 PM

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Thank you Suzanne for your reply! Im a little nervous, but I am going to go in! Im glad to know my dentist will be able to detect that as well!

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