Bald Patches in Beard - Harbinger of Cancer?
January 30, 2011 6:53 PM Subscribe
YANMD but: can a bald patch in the beard be an indicator of oral cancer? More detail below.
posted by rahnefan to Health & Fitness (9 answers total)
Dad died a month ago of cancer in his neck, jaw, and under his tongue. I watched oozing wounds in his face get worse and worse until the end. The wounds started out as just two holes, and didn't appear until after he began radiation treatment.
I have two bald patches in my beard in just about the exact same locations as Dad's initial wounds. They have always been there. Dad and I have *extremely* similar features. Like clones almost.
Before they discovered that it was cancer, his initial complaint was a bump under his tongue, and when it didn't go away they guessed it was an infected saliva gland. I get bumps under my tongue sometimes too, maybe after certain acidic foods, but they pop easy like a pimple and I forget about it. Had an infected saliva gland once but that was long ago.
One big difference is that he was a (lifelong) *hard* drinker and chain smoker. I'm neither. I would SOOOOO like to relax with my pipe a little (just now and then), but every time I think about it, I think of the bald patches in my beard and my Dad's face deteriorating in the same places. And how he lived for months without the ability to swallow or the luxury of eating food like we eat. And much more as you can imagine.
So is there any connection? Has there ever been a study about this kind of thing?