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Article Home Adult and Senior Health Overview and facts of oral cancer

Overview and facts of oral cancer

Oral cancer is mainly caused due to use of tobacco. Oral cancer occurs as a growth or sore in the mouth which does not go away for long time.


Tobacco use is the most common risk factor for getting oral cancer. The risk is more if the patient is using alcohol and also the tobacco. Prolonged exposures to radiation or sunlight are main contributing factors for causing oral cancer.

Tobacco use in the form of cigarettes, cigars or pipes or using chew or snuff tobacco is the highest risk of developing oral cancer.

In the initial stages the oral cancer look like an ulcer, soreness or the color change in the tissue.

Oral cancer is mainly causes by over use of tobacco. The small percentage of cancer is seen in people who do not use tobacco. The other causative agents of oral cancer are cigarette, cigar and pipe tobacco and who chew tobacco. It is also common in people who do reverse smoking that is smoking with lit end in the mouth.

  • The tongue is the common site of oral cancer. The commonest site of oral cancer is the side of the tongue.
  • Oral cancer is common after the age 50.
  • Any lesion in the mouth which is not healing after 2 weeks should be suspected of oral cancer. The biopsy is taken from the suspected lesion and examined for the cancer cells.
  • Oral cancer is highly curable if it is diagnosed earlier. The treatment includes surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
  • One person dies due to oral cancer every hour of every day in the united state alone.
  • Most people die from oral cancer than of cervical cancer or skin cancer.
  • Oral cancer can be picked up by regular interval by regular dental examinations.
  • Oral cancer is common in men than in women.
  • The best preventive mechanism of oral cancer is to have dental examinations every 6 months