What You Need to Know About Oral Cancer

 

Oral cancer is a general term to refer to any cancer that begins in the oral cavity (mouth), which includes the lips, cheeks, tongue, roof and floor of the mouth, gums and teeth. Oral cancer can also occur in the minor salivary glands, often in the roof of the mouth.

Each year in the U.S., roughly 48,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer and another 9,600 will die from the disease. While anyone can develop oral cancer, men are twice as likely as women to develop the disease. It most often occurs in people over age 40.*

These resources are designed to help you learn more about oral cancer, including its risk factors, symptoms to be aware of, and what you can do to help prevent the disease. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, see our dental care tips for before and during cancer treatment.

Oral Cancer

Risk Factors and Prevention

Learn what action you can take to reduce your risk.

Symptoms

Educate yourself on how to be proactive in the fight against oral cancer.

Early Detection

Your dentist can play a vital role in diagnosing oral cancer early, even before symptoms start.

Oral cancer infographic

See the fast facts in one shareable image to help spread awareness and education.

 

*Source: Oral Cancer; National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research; September 2016