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What is tongue cancer?

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This is type of oral cancers happens when cells divide out of control and form a growth, or tumor.

There are two types. One is called oral tongue cancer because it affects the part you can stick out. The other happens at the base of your tongue, where it connects to your throat. This type often doesn't have symptoms and isn't diagnosed until after it has spread to the lymph nodes in your neck. Tongue cancer is less common than many other types. Most people who get it are older adults. It’s rare in children.

From: Tongue Cancer Facts WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 09, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 09/09/2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society, “Can oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers be prevented?”

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions, “Tongue Cancer.”

Mount Sinai Hospital, “Tongue Cancer.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders, “Tongue Cancer.”

The Oral Cancer Foundation, “Facts.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 09, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society, “Can oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers be prevented?”

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions, “Tongue Cancer.”

Mount Sinai Hospital, “Tongue Cancer.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders, “Tongue Cancer.”

The Oral Cancer Foundation, “Facts.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 09, 2018

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