What is oral Cancer?

Oral cancer is a type of cancer that develops in the tissues of the mouth or throat.

It can occur in the lips, tongue, cheeks, gums, & roof or floor of the mouth. 

Oral cancer can be classified into different types based on the type of cells involved. 

The most common types of oral cancer are squamous cell carcinoma, which develops in the thin, flat cells that line the inside of the mouth. 

Salivary gland tumors, which form in the glands that produce saliva. 

Risk factors for oral cancer include tobacco & alcohol use, as well as exposure to certain viruses, such as human papillomavirus (HPV). 

Other risk factors include poor oral hygiene, a diet low in fruits & vegetables, a weakened immune system, & a family history of cancer.

Symptoms of oral cancer can vary depending on the location & stage of the cancer. 

Some common signs & symptoms of oral cancer include persistent mouth sores, pain, or discomfort in the mouth. 

Difficulty chewing or swallowing, a lump or thickening in the cheek, a white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil or lining of the mouth, numbness or tenderness in the mouth or lips, & changes in the voice or speech.

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