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What factors can cause tongue cancer?

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The human papilloma virus (HPV) can cause many cancers on the base of the tongue. HPV also can infect your genital area and cause cervical cancer. It’s the most common sexually transmitted infection. There are many types of HPV. The ones that raise your odds of getting cancer are called high-risk HPV. Other things that may raise your chances of getting tongue cancer include:

Your genes also may play a role in whether you’re likely to get tongue cancer.

  • Alcoholism
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Dentures that don’t fit right
  • Jagged teeth
  • Not taking care of your teeth and gums
  • Smoking
  • Syphilis

From: Tongue Cancer Facts WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/9/2018

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 9, 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 9, 2018

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