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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Eritroplasia

Erythroplakia (eh-RITH-roh-PLAY-kee-uh)
An abnormal patch of red tissue that forms on mucous membranes in the mouth and may become cancer. Tobacco (smoking and chewing) and alcohol may increase the risk of erythroplakia.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.