I have mouth ulcers, they are really hacking me off. I think it may be stress and a hot curry on sunday that caused them. Grrrr..
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October 10, 2006 at 5:02 pm
I have suffered from mouth ulcers most of my adult life.
Early december 2005, I’d had one on the side of my tongue. Though it seemed to wax and wan somewhat, it would not resolve. And this was after about 4 weeks.
I decided to have it excised & checked out histopathologically (under a microscope).
Lucky I did, it was an early malignancy called a squamous cell carcinoma.
If neglected, or just ignored for about a couple of months, these can cost you your life.
Mortality rates for tumours at the base of the tongue are 25% over 5 years.
Thats right, 0ne in four don’t make it! just from a bad mouth ulcer.
So, ignore persistant mouth ulcers at your perill.
If it’s hard to the touch, present for more than three weeks or slowly increasing in size:
GET IT LOOKED AT!
Even though I caught this early, & I am considered at low risk for recurrence, I am left paranoid at any new ‘spot’ in my mouth.
In short. This scared the hell out of me.
October 11, 2006 at 12:27 pm
Wow… now I’m (more) paranoid.
So far they (lots of small ones) have been popping up in different places and I think either to do with stress or dust in our house as we are fixing it up.
But thanks, I will keep an eye on it and watch out if they come back again.
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