Diagnosing Tongue Cancer

This information is useful for adults and older adults
A man with tongue cancer looks at the camera.

Oral cancer, including cancer of the tongue, is more common and more dangerous than many people realize. Early signs are often first found during a routine dental exam, since people with tongue cancer may experience few symptoms.

"A person with tongue cancer would typically have no pain and may have a painless ulcer on the side of the tongue," says pathologist Manju Prasad, MD. Nationally, Yale Medicine is one the few academic medical centers with a dedicated pathology unit focused on cancers of the head and neck.