About two-thirds of oral cancer in the mouth or oral cavity occurs in the floor of the mouth and tongue, but can occur in the upper or lower jaw, lips, gums, and cheek lining. Just behind the mouth is an area known as the orophyarnx. Oropharyngeal cancer (one-third of cases) occurs in the back of the tongue, tonsils, and throat tissue. Oral cancer kills one American every hour of every day, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Early detection offers the best chance of survival, yet only one-third of oral cancer is found in the earliest stages when treatment is most effective.
Who are most at risk?
What are the warning signs?
Would you like to learn more? Read these frequently asked questions about oral cancer.
The American College of Prosthodontists maintains a position statement on Oral Cancer Screening.