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Cancer Genetics

Mouth Cancer Genetics

03/31/2003

Question:

Is mouth cancer heredity?

Answer:

Cancer of the mouth by itself is not usually inherited, although it may be one of a number of cancers that may be seen in hereditary cancer syndromes. If there is no additional history of cancer in the family, this is most likely a sporadic cancer, or the result of an exposure, such as smoking or using chewing tobacco. If there is additional family history of cancers, you can resubmit your question with the additional information.

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Response by:

Duane D Culler, PhD, MS Duane D Culler, PhD, MS
Clinical Instructor of Genetics
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University