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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Practicing since : 2004
Answered : 40 Questions
User :   Found a "mass" if you will in my lower jaw while running my tounge around mouth. No idea how long it has been there as is not painful and sits in a location not noticible. Not sure whom I should see first and how to address the problem which i think is a tumor.
Doctor :   hello
User :   Good afternoon
Doctor :   i am Dr
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please ?
User :   40 year old male
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   give me min please
User :   k...but i only got 15
Doctor :   dont worry
Doctor :   i will make sure all your queries will be answered
User :   worried about mass...
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   now can you tell me the exact location ?
User :   right side lower jaw....interior.
Doctor :   and what size you feel ?
User :   way below tooth which why not running to dentist
User :   i cant give you cm...but....trying to think comparison
User :   small grape.
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   you never noticed it before ?
Doctor :   how hard it feels ?
User :   No
User :   is hard
Doctor :   have you lost weight recently ?
Doctor :   do you smoke ?>
User :   Ive got a terrible diet...yes i do smoke
Doctor :   rapid recent loss in weight ?
Doctor :   how much do you smoke and for how long ?
User :   Nothing radical, but I dont get on a scale either.
Doctor :   do you have any other medical condition ?
User :   Ive put them down few times in life but picked up again and been smoking 18 months... 1 pack +
Doctor :   well it can just be a simple body protrusion which is common growth in that area , in many individuals and they notice it only by accident like in your case
User :   Ive been having sciatic nerve problems the past month or so consistently. Had back surgery almost 1 year ago today
Doctor :   18 months of smoking wont give you a cancer but if you carry on it will .. anyway your present symptoms dont look alarming at all
User :   I also am 90 percent sure ive got skin cancer but have not seen dermatologist.
Doctor :   the doc you would want to see would be a ENT physician
Doctor :   for the lump
User :   would he have ability to x ray?
Doctor :   but it does sound nothing serious
Doctor :   no i am sorry we dont have that ability
User :   An they have x ray capabilities?
Doctor :   yes they do
User :   Thank you for your time Dr.
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care of your self
User :   thank you and make it a great day.
Doctor :   you too
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