What are the first signs of cancer of the tongue?

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What are the first signs of cancer of the tongue?

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answered Mar 29 by Gingerzebell (16,860 points)
The first signs of cancer of the tongue are pain or burning feeling over the tongue, numbness in the mouth that will not go away, pain when swallowing, a sore spot, ulcer or lump on the tongue that does not go away, a sore throat that doesn't go away and a red or white patch on the tongue that will not go away.

Cancer of the tongue is curable when it is diagnosed and treated quickly and early enough although it can be harder to cure if not treated early enough or diagnosed early enough.

over time the tongue cancer can spread to other parts of the mouth and other areas of your neck, head and other parts of your body.

The difference between tongue cancer and mouth cancer is mouth cancer can occur anywhere in your mouth and tongue cancer occurs on your tongue.

Tongue cancer is cancer that begins in the front two thirds of your tongue.

Mouth cancer is cancer that develops in any of the parts that make up your mouth or oral cavity.

The age that tongue cancer is common is age 40 and older.

Tongue cancer can occur at any age but it's most common in people 40 years of age and older and can be treated with radiation therapy, chemotherapy and even with surgery.

Tongue cancer usually starts in the thin, flat cells which line your tongues surface which are called squamous cells.

Tongue cancer which starts in these cells is called squamous cell carcinoma.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the anterior two thirds of the tongue is the second most common oral cancer, with the lateral border being the most common location.

The symptoms of tongue cancer are a lump on the side of the tongue that touches the teeth.

The lump often looks like an ulcer and is grayish-pink to red.

The lump bleeds easily if bitten or touched.

Tongue cancer is the most common area of mouth cancer in the U.S. and occurs in the front two-thirds of the tongue (base of tongue cancer is known as an oropharyngeal or throat cancer).

Tongue cancer is known to be high risk for spreading to the lymph nodes within the neck.

Symptoms of tongue cancer are also very similar to symptoms of other types of oral cancer.

These signs are often mistaken for a cold that won't go away, or a persistent sore in the mouth.

Other tongue cancer symptoms may include: Persistent tongue and/or jaw pain.

Mouth and tongue cancer can cause pain or a burning sensation when chewing and swallowing food.

Or you might feel like your food is sticking in your throat.

In early stages, tongue cancer can be treated by surgical removal or radiation therapy.

One surgery, called a glossectomy, may be performed to remove part or all of the tongue.

Cases in more advanced stages may have surgery followed by radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

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