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Tongue Cancer Causes

Cancer doctor explaining medication instructions to a patientThe direct causes of tongue cancer are still a matter of debate in the medical community. Potential causes include risk factors that are out of an individual’s control, as well as controllable lifestyle choices. Tongue cancer seems to occur more frequently among those who are 60 years old or older, and this class of cancer also affects men far more frequently than it does women. Family history of these diseases may also be connected to an increased risk of tongue cancer, but the condition seems to be triggered more often by:

  • Use of any type of tobacco products, such as cigars, cigarettes, snuff, chewing tobacco, and other varieties
  • Heavy consumption of alcohol, the effect of which is worsened if consumed while using tobacco products
  • Human papilloma virus (HPV) infection
  • Poor dental hygiene and/or lack of regular dental examinations
  • Poor diet

At Tampa General Hospital, we treat all forms of tongue cancer, regardless of the underlying causes. Patients who have been diagnosed with tongue cancer can rely on our experienced specialists to design an individualized treatment plan. We can provide surgical interventions, as well as chemotherapy infusions, radiation treatments, and supportive care services as necessary.

To be connected with one of our ENT oncology specialists, use our PhysicianFinder tool or call (813) 844-2200.