What Is Oral Cancer?

The term oral cancer applies to cancers of the mouth and the pharynx. About two-thirds of oral cancers occur in the mouth and about one-third are found in the pharynx. One person dies every hour of every day to oral cancer. The survival rate of oral cancer is less than of breast cancer. According to ADA report Approximately 35,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. Some 25 percent of those people will die of the disease. According to the American Cancer Society, oral cancer occurs almost as frequently as leukemia and claims more lives than melanoma or cervical cancer. Oral cancer’s incidence is rising among women, young people and non-smokers. On average, only half of those diagnosed with the disease will survive more than five years.

Oral cancer can spread quickly. If detected early, on average, only 50 percent of those with the disease will survive more then five years.

Oral cancer most often occurs in people over the age of 40 and affects twice as many men as women. It is the 6th most common cancer in men and the 14th most common cancer in women. More people are diagnosed with oral cancer than cervical cancer.

Failure to diagnose oral cancer results in Death or aggressive treatment result in facial deformation.

References
1. American Cancer Society.

2. American Dental Association

3. National Cancer Institute

 


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