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What is Leukoplakia ?
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Thick, white patches can form on the gums,
the bottom of the mouth, the insides of the
cheeks, and, less commonly, on the tongue.
They cannot be scraped off easily.
Experts believe smoking or chewing
tobacco is the main cause. Although
Leukoplakia is rarely dangerous, a small
percentage can eventually become
cancerous. Many mouth cancers occur near
areas of leukoplakia.
The condition usually clears up when
people quit smoking. Quitting both alcohol
and tobacco together has better results.
The patches can be removed using a laser, a
scalpel, or a cold probe that freezes the
cancer cells.
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