A lesion on your tongue for more than two weeks could be a warning sign of the presence of cancer in this area of the oral cavity, says Dr. Mauricio Leon Rivera, Surgical Oncologist of our clinic.
Likewise, he mentions that this type of tumors may also appear in the form of ulcers, and for this case, it is important to visit that the Head and Neck Doctor to determine the diagnosis.
The doctor explains that in this type of cancer “tongue tumors up to 2 centimeters in size have a cure rate of over 90%, but those exceeding that size tend to develop metastases, which complicates the prognosis and treatment.”
The consumption of tobacco, alcohol, or lack of oral hygiene, as well as the human papillomavirus (HPV) transmitted through oral sex practices, are among the most important risk factors for this disease
Treatment in mild cases is usually surgical. The tumor is removed and the organ is rebuilt, leaving the basic functions intact. On the other hand, in cases of more advanced stages, chemotherapy or radiotherapy are also used.
It should be noted that the rock star and prominent guitarist, Eddie Van Halen, passed away at the age of 65 after a long fight against tongue cancer.
Dr. Mauricio León
Surgical Oncologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma