The answer to this question is yes.
Tongue cancer can start out as a small red or white patch on the tongue that does not heal.
Sometimes this patch can bleed.
Most dentists now examine the tongue as part of your routine dental exam. However, these cancers are often missed or written off as being either canker sores or some other harmless patch.
If the white or red patch does not go away or bleeds frequently, a biopsy should be done to determine if it is cancer. If caught early, tongue cancer can be treated before it spreads. But if it spreads into the head or neck area, treatment is much more radical, often involving extensive neck surgery. The more the cancer has spread, the more life threatening it can become.
We have handled cases involving a failure to diagnose tongue and mouth cancers. If you suspect that you or someone you know has had a failure to diagnose tongue or mouth cancer, please call us toll free at 1-800-299-HURT. Or you can fill out the contact form on this page or on any page of the website.