brown spot on gums


I recently noticed a brown spot on my gums. I read a bit on the internet and it said that it could range from melanin production to melanoma. I do not know when this spot appeared because i did not look for any spots on my gums before. Am I at risk of melanoma? I am still young (18 yrs old) and i do not smoke. I do drink but not heavily and only about once or twice a year.

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Hello, I'm so sorry this is stressing you out. It looks more like normal pigment to me but I can't say for sure.

Keep an eye on it and if it doesn't change, have your dentist or your physician look at it next time you are in for a check up. It is possible that it has been there for awhile and you just didn't notice it. Most of us don't look at our gums very often.

Melanoma is extremely rare in the mouth especially at your age.

Another reason this is probably normal pigment....Oral cancer occurs most often on the sides of the tongue and the floor of the mouth.

My guess is it's nothing to worry about but have it checked if you want to know for sure.

Thanks for writing,
~Shelly

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Nov 11, 2016
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by: john

Thanks for the reply. I think you are right, and it is likely to be just my normal pigment. Considering that I am a bit on the darker side, my body must produce more melanin than others. The sides of my lips are a bit darker so I am guessing that this spot on my mouth is normal. Thanks again for your opinion on my problem.

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by: john

Thanks for the reply. I think you are right, and it is likely to be just my normal pigment. Considering that I am a bit on the darker side, my body must produce more melanin than others. The sides of my lips are a bit darker so I am guessing that this spot on my mouth is normal. Thanks again for your opinion on my problem.

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