It was last wednesday that I went to the oral surgeon to have a biopsy done on my tongue where I have some white patches/spots on the top and forward section of my tongue. I am only 30 years old, but having drank and smoked quite a bit for the past 10 years, I am quite concerned to say the least given the increased chances that smokers and drinkers have of getting oral cancer.
The white patches appear to be the only symptom I have. There is nothing else and no pain at all. I have a follow up appointment on the 2nd of August to go over my biopsy results. Quite a long time to wait really to find out whether or not you have cancer. I was wondering about people's experiences whether they were diagnosed with cancer or not. Do people who get diagnosed with cancer receive their results early? Just kind of wondering in the back of my head that if I don't hear anything before my appointment that it is likely to be a sign of good news.
Also if you have/had any bad habits like I do, did you give them up before you got your biopsy resuits? I've already ditched the cigarrettes even before my biopsy. Giving up the drink has been even harder but I stopped drinking so much after my biopsy. Its really hard giving these things up especially with a rather stressful job. Not really sure what to do tomorrow as I have a tradition with people from my workplace to go have a pint or two at lunchtime on Fridays. Naturally with the uncertainty regarding my health, I am inclined to not go or just have a coke. I will probably get lots of awkward questions as of to why I'm not drinking. Not sure whether to lie or just tell them what's going on. At the moment, since I don't know anything, I don't want others to worry about me. Did you wait to tell anyone you know about even having the biopsy until you knew what the results were?