Oral cancer appears as a sore in the mouth that does not go away (more than three weeks).
These are the 5-year relative survival rates for oral cavity and pharyngeal cancer from the National Cancer Database for people diagnosed between 2007 and 2013.
What are the symptoms?
- A sore throat that doesn't heal
- A bleeding sore or sore that doesn't go away
- A growth, lump or thickening of the skin or lining of the mouth
- Loose teeth
- Tongue pain
- Jaw pain or stiffness
- Difficult or painful chewing/swallowing
- The development of velvety white, red, or speckled (white and red) patches in the mouth
What are the risks factors
- Heavy smoking or drinking
- Excessive sun exposure to your lips
- A sexually transmitted virus called human papillomavirus (HPV)
- A weakened immune system
What are the treatments?
- Targeted drug therapy
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