Oral Cancer Treatment
Mouth cancer, or oral cancer, can occur anywhere in the mouth, on the surface of the tongue, the lips, inside the cheek, in the gums, in the roof and floor of the mouth, in the tonsils, and in the salivary glands.
It is a type of head and neck cancer and is often treated similarly to other head and neck cancers.
According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, 48,330 Americans were expected to receive a diagnosis of oral or pharyngeal cancer in 2016, and about 9,570 deaths were predicted.
Mouth cancer mostly happens after the age of 40, and the risk is more than twice as high in men as it is in women.
Types of oral cancer
- the inner lining of the cheek
- the floor of the mouth
- hard and soft palate
Other risk factors include:
- human papillomavirus (HPV) infection
- chronic facial sun exposure
- a previous diagnosis of oral cancer
- a family history of oral or other types of cancer
- a weakened immune system
- poor nutrition
- genetic syndromes
- being male