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I have a small crater in my inner cheek. Is this oral cancer,

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I have a small crater in my inner cheek. Is this oral cancer, or could it be from repeatedly biting cheek
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 2 years ago.
Dr. Shahzad MD :

Hi there. Thank you for your question. I will be helping you out with your queries

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Is it painful?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Since how long are you having this?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Please let me know.

Customer: Not sure how long.
Dr. Shahzad MD :

Is it painful?

Customer: No
Dr. Shahzad MD :

ok

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Do you have a picture?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

A picture that you can attach here for me to see.

Customer: No
Dr. Shahzad MD :

Do you smoke?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

What is your age?

Customer: No
Customer: 64
Dr. Shahzad MD :

When you feel the crater is it firm or hard?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Or soft?

Customer: Soft
Dr. Shahzad MD :

It seems VERY unlikely that this is anything serious like cancer.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Oral cancer is something uncommon and usually happens in people who smoke or chew tobacco.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

So I would not worry a great deal at all.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

On your next doctor's visit you can have this checked just to be sure.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

But as far as I am concerned, I do not think it is cancer and its nothing to worry about.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Are you with me?

Customer: Very scared. It feels sore now.
Dr. Shahzad MD :

If it is sore that almost certainly rules out cancer.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Because oral cancer is almost always painless.

Customer: Why is that?
Dr. Shahzad MD :

Pain indicates inflammation or infection.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Inflammation can happen due to injury or infection usually.

Customer: Would salt mouthwash help
Dr. Shahzad MD :

So the crater is most likely due to your teeth pressing on that part.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Yes

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Mouth washes will help.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Listerine mouth wash may also help.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Are you with me?

Customer: Yes.
Dr. Shahzad MD :

Anymore questions?

Customer: You are very kind. I have convinced myself it is cancer.
Dr. Shahzad MD :

I am glad that I was able to help.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

You are most welcome
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Customer: No, please stay for a moment
Dr. Shahzad MD :

I am here

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Please go ahead and ask more questions if you have.

Customer: Thank you. You see I had a melanoma 17 years ago so am ultra scared
Dr. Shahzad MD :

I understand but this is not a melanoma.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Trust me.

Customer: But it won't clear up.
Dr. Shahzad MD :

I have a crater in my mouth myself that has been present for months and that because of my wisdom tooth.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

So this is something that does not mean cancer.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

But, having said that, I would still like that you should be examined by making an appointment with your doctor, not because I think its cancer but to put your mind to ease.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

I think that you are thinking about this too much.

Customer: Yes I am. Just that I have noticed it is sore today and getting worse.
Dr. Shahzad MD :

You can apply something over-the-counter bonjela

Dr. Shahzad MD :

This will help relieve the pain.

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