At early stages, cancer of the oral cavity can be painless and go unnoticed. Any ulcer (sore), which does not heal within fourteen days, must be examined by a doctor. White or red patches, bumps and lumps must be evaluated since they can represent pathologic lesions of different types.
The most common risk factors of oral cancer include cigarette smoking, tobacco use, alcohol and human papilloma virus infection. The fate of oral cancer depends on multiple factors including specific site of the lesion, size, confinement and other parameters.
Early detection is the key to survival of cancer of the mouth.
Due to delayed diagnosis, only about 50% of patients with oral cancer survive 5 years. Those who survive can have significant life changing impairments.
“IN THE UNITED STATES, ONE PERSON DIES OF
ORAL CANCER EVERY DAY”
“IN THE UNITED STATES, ONE PERSON DIES OF ORAL CANCER EVERY DAY”