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Hi there
I have swelling at the back of my tongue, one side only. I went to see an oral surgeon twice who laughed at me when I said I was worried about oral cancer and said it was just a tastebud and normal. Tonight I noticed a red spot on the large lump and am terrified. I have major health anxiety about oral cancer. I am a 37 year old female, ex smoker (3 months quit and still on NRT lozenges) and a recovering alcoholic(10 years sober). Are you able to tell me if these are normal anatomical structures and if so. Would a red spot indicate anything sinister?
Many thanks

Fran -  A red spot could mean just about any kind of inflammatory situation.  It is a little difficult from those pictures alone to say that the area is a problem.  From its overall appearance, it does not seem to be an area of bad pathology, but I cannot be completely sure.

So a red spot alone is not an indication of a sinister area, but without a complete exam it is a little difficult to be completely sure.

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Joel S. Teig, DMD, Diplomate ABOMS, retired


I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon available to answer questions related to tooth extractions, implant insertion, facial recontruction, facial and oral tumor removal, TMJ dysfunction and various successful treatments, including surgery if all else fails, and occlusal discrepancy requiring orthognathic or jaw surgery.


Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon practicing for over 20 years. Assistant Clincal Professor at State University School of Dentistry.

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