Navigating the Journey Through Tongue Cancer 

It's a type of head and neck cancer. It starts in the tongue, but can spread to other parts of the mouth, throat, and neck. 

Smoking and alcohol are major risk factors. The more you use them, the higher your risk.  

Human papillomavirus (HPV) can also play a role. Particularly HPV types 16 and 18 

Early symptoms can be subtle. Look for white or red patches, lumps, sores, or ulcers on the tongue that don't heal.

Difficulty swallowing, speaking, or moving your tongue are also warning signs 

If you notice any symptoms, see a doctor right away. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial for good outcomes. 

Treatment options include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. The best approach depends on the stage and type of cancer.

With early treatment, the five-year survival rate is good. It's around 80% for stage I cancer, but drops to 20% for stage IV

Prevention is key. Don't smoke or use tobacco, limit alcohol, and get vaccinated against HPV.

Support is available. There are many organizations that can provide information and help you cope with tongue cancer