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Oral Cancer

Red spot on tongue

07/21/2009

Question:

I noticed this morning a little red spot on the surface of my tongue. I can feel a mild irritation there as well. Does this indiacte tongue cancer? I am 25 year old female. I`m an occassional smoker.

Please advise.. Thanks.

Answer:

We usually suspect cancer if a lesion persists more than several weeks. I recommend watchful observation; if it persists more than 1-2 weeks, then you should see an ENT surgeon.

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Response by:

Enver  Ozer, MD Enver Ozer, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University