Terrified I have oral cancer~ please help

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I am female, in my early 20s and in the later stages of pregnancy. A few months ago I noticed a pale patch on the left side of my tongue it is in the same spot were I previously had a very nasty mouth ulcer.

I have visited my GP and two dentists who all say they can't see anything wrong and aren't concerned. I am still so anxious though and I don't know what to do now. Please advise 

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    Your tongue looks normal to me
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    Holsie, I can see several pale areas on your tongue! I just went and looked at my own tongue under strong light in a magnifying mirror and I can see the same variable coloration. If two dentists and a doctor can't reassure you, I'm afraid no one on this forum can. I'm not being rude or judgemental, but I really do think you need to address your excessive anxiety, especially as you're about to have a child.

    I'd suggest you try and set this fear aside and get on with the preparations for the arrival of your beautiful baby. If you can't do that, then go to your doctor and ask whether you can be referred for CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) to deal with your anxiety.

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    Yes maybe I do need further help. I seem to have fixated on that area of my tongue. I can't help but think the pale patch circled has grown but don't know if that's in my head or not. I just worry so much that it's something bad and by ignoring it I am letting down my child.

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      Holsie, you're more likely to be letting down your child by suffering all this unnecessary anxiety. What you've seen on your tongue is just the normal slight variation in colour, which tends to change every day. It's been confirmed by two doctors and a dentist.

      Why don't you go to your doctor and ask for some help with the anxiety? If you don't nip this in the bud now, you could cause psychological damage to your child through your excessive anxiety. Speaking from experience here - my pathologically anxious mother even kept me out of school for 7 months when I was 8 because she couldn't bear to be parted from me! It wasn't easy growing up in that kind of environment.

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    hi, couldn't really see anything on your photo. I am inclined to agree that if you have had two check up's and nothing there then you are fine. It could be a very anxious time having a first baby and worrying that everything will be ok for both of you. It's just a super anxious time. Just to reassure you, I am a veteran of mouth ulcers, sore patches on tongue, under tongue etc. I have had this for years and never had any type of oral cancer. Try not to worry excessively about it. Your hormones will be all over the place at the moment with your pregnancy. Good luck with it all. xx

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    I had it too.. I also had a nasty tongue ulcer and it healed after I didnt smoked and drinking alcoholic beverages for 2 days and it came back but I really dont see anything on it. Its painless its just when it bumps on the side of my pointed teeth hits I feel uncomfortable, I think there is something going on there but really its painless. I always think of this and I think it will kill me. Anxiety will kill me.. help!! 
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