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Have recurring red spot on tongue. Could this be cancer?

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Dr. Ganesh Sanap


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Posted on Sat, 29 Dec 2012 in Cancer
Question: I have a red spot on my tongue that comes and goes. When it is there it is numb. It isnt a canker sore, nor is it a swollen taste bud as I have had before, it is red patch and sore and numb feeling.

Could this be Cancer of the tongue?

THank you for your help.
Answered by Dr. Ganesh Sanap 4 hours later

Thanks for your query.

Red spot which comes and goes is very less likely a cancer, because cancer will grow slowly and never regress automatically. So you need not worry about cancer.

It possibly could be an ulcerative patch or reaction to allergens (peanuts/environmental) or it may be side effect of the inhaler you are using.

There is usually a strong inducing factor like smoking or chewing tobacco, or family history for oral cancer, though it is not a pre-requisite. If you have any one of these predisposing factors, then it will be better to get evaluated from an ENT specialist.

You have a feature to upload images of your lesion by yourself, at the right side of the query page. Please utilize that, so that I can answer your query in a much better way.


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