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Are white patches on tongue symptom of cancer?

Dear Doctors, My name is Medo, iam 28 years old, male , single with no any medical history. I suffered from white patches on both sides of my tongue since one year ago. From two months ago i found some big Taste papillae if we can say, on the back of my tongue, on both side on the edge. So i have white patches on both sides of my tongue since one year and enlarge papillae on the both side in the back of my tongue. Can you told me if this is a symptoms of cancer. Note : HIV test is Negative.
Tue, 30 Dec 2014
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Thanks for your question on HCM.
There are few causes for white patches on tongue.
The common causes are
1. Fungal infection due to improper hygiene.
2. Vitamin b12 deficiency
3. Riboflavin, pyridoxine and niacin deficiency.
4. Leukoplakia due to tobacco use or dental problems.
In my opinion you are having vitamins deficiency.
So get done vitamin b 12 level.
If deficient, start supplements.
Also give multi vitamin tablets containing folic acid, niacin and pyridoxine.
Do take proper care of oral hygiene.
So very less likely due to cancer in your case.
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Are white patches on tongue symptom of cancer?

Thanks for your question on HCM. There are few causes for white patches on tongue. The common causes are 1. Fungal infection due to improper hygiene. 2. Vitamin b12 deficiency 3. Riboflavin, pyridoxine and niacin deficiency. 4. Leukoplakia due to tobacco use or dental problems. In my opinion you are having vitamins deficiency. So get done vitamin b 12 level. If deficient, start supplements. Also give multi vitamin tablets containing folic acid, niacin and pyridoxine. Do take proper care of oral hygiene. So very less likely due to cancer in your case.