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Is there any lymph node in neck on that side?
no swollen lymph node. i can't feel anything
Thanks for your confidence in me.
How big is that area and what exactly is the color?
its not big at all. its like a little piece of skin. its white. I don't really think it leukoplakia.
Does it burn or give a painful feeling?
Thanks a lot for your input.
Yes this can be because of seed.
Continuous pressure or irritation at one specific point can do this.
However leukoplakia is out of question because seeds of any kind can cause this.
Moreover neither your description nor your symptoms are consistent.
you mean leukoplakia is not out of question?
Yes definitely, leukoplakia is never like a light patch
it has mostly associated symptoms like slight burning.
Cancer , i will not even think of cancer with the description you have given.
I have worked a lot with oral cancer patients so i know this stuff.
would oral cancer be rare for me even with my tobacco history?
yes because you have left it already and moreover not everyone with history of tobacco use gets oral cancer.
day by day your risk is decreasing.
I just had a friend 35yrs. old that was diagnosed with tongue cancer and now its in his lymph nodes. He never smoked or dipped. I guess this has me freaked out
well yes i can understand your concern but with what you have told me, i can assure you that it is neither precancer nor cancer.
i went to the dentist about a month after I quit which would have been about 2 months ago and he said that all my tissues looked good. He also said that mouth cancer was a pretty rare cancer especially for my age.
Yes that's another aspect that your age is not ideal to have oral cancer and 2 months back your normal examination is again reassuring.
you have done a great job by quitting smoking, it's never easy.
Please don't stress yourself.
I can't quit freaking out about cancer. Do you think this is just a phase? I haven't always been like this. I didn't become this way until I quit using tobacco.
Well sometime withdrawal of nicotine can cause some problems.
You can use nicotine gum if you want.
I am chewing it now. HAHA
But you should rather be relaxed now that you have left major cause of cancer.
Do most oral cancers appear on the tongue?
No they can occur anywhere but yes on tongue they are more common.
what about hpv?
Out of question.
with this description.
I have been married for 8yrs. and we have both been faithful, so if i had hpv in my system, do you think it could be gone now?
No it doesn't go away but if you have never shown it up and if you have a single clean partner then you are not likely to have it.
so hpv never leaves your body??
So anything else in your mind?
so you don't think I should be concerned based on what ive told you?
no biopsy or anything like that
I am confident that you don't need anything
even if someone has a lesion, biopsy is recommended if the lesion stays there for more than 3 months.
early biopsy is only done if doctor is sure that it is cancer.
so you really think my odds are good not getting oral cancer right now with me quitting dipping?
you don't have any single point indicative of cancer.
one last question.
is oral cancer hereditary??
I have never seen a single case of hereditary oral cancer.
what do you think could have caused my friends cancer??
although i must have seen more than 700 cases.
one thing, yes it has slight predisposition if certain genes are present.
Your friend might have that.
well that doesnt sound like its that rare of a cancer
you dont even look old enough to have seen that many cases
Yes because I work in a tertiary care center where we get a lot of referrals so rare things become common there :)
I have worked in head and neck surgery.
So we used to run cancer clinic and surgery there.
very many young people??
So yes i have seen so many.
Not really. mostly after 40
but yes one or two very young patients
like of 25 to 30 years of age.
ok doc. so you think i should just chill out
I think you should not just chill
you should freeze :)
Just enjoy and don't stress yourself.
thanks doc. I really appreciate your help
You are most welcome as always.
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hello doc. i am still scared about this rough patch in my mouth. i cant really see anything and neither can my wife, but i can still feel it with my tongue. do you really think i shouldnt worry about oral cancer? my wife thinks im nuts. haha
could this be from where i used to hold the tobacco in my mouth and its just not healed all the way?
i dipped smokeless tobacco for 10yrs. and i have been quit for almost 3 months.
i also have a little white bump under my tongue that hurts. like a lie bump. nothing to worry about??
so based on what i told you about the rough patch, what makes you think its probably not cancer?
i can barely see a little piece of white skin where im feeling the rough patch. i guess its either from the sunflower seed or it was there all along and i didnt notice it. i didnt notice it until my friend was diagnosed with a tumor on his tongue and lymphnodes. is there anything i can do to maybe help it heal?
so no way you think the little white piece of skin where im feeling this rough patch could be cancer?
so i dont need to freak out if this doesnt go away in a few days?