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Oral Cancer

What is Oral Cancer?

Approximately 35,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with this largely preventable type of cancer that affects the mouth and/or part of the throat. Most oral cancers are related to tobacco use, alcohol use, or both. You can help reduce your risk for oral cancer by avoiding all tobacco products and drinking alcohol only in moderation.

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Early Detection

Because oral cancer can spread quickly, early detection is important. An oral cancer exam can identify early signs of this disease. The e (More)


Understanding Oral Cancer

  • Chemotherapy and Your Mouth
  • Genes, Chromosomes and Cancer Genes
  • Genetic Counseling - Getting the Information You Need
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Nutrition During Chemotherapy and/or Radiation Treatment
  • Oral Health Care for the Cancer Patient
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Tobacco Use and Oral Cancer
  • Using Glutamine to Manage Side Effects of Cancer Treatment
  • HPV Can Cause Head and Neck Cancer - What You Should Know
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  • Commonly Asked Questions


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  • Am I at Risk for Oral Cancer from HPV?
  • Are Bumps on the Back of the Tongue a Sign of Cancer?
  • Could a Biopsy of Abscess Indicate Cancer?
  • Could a Hard Bump on the Palate be Caused By Allergies?
  • Fibula Graft: The Best Option?
  • How Long Does the Gum Take to Heal After a Biopsy?
  • Is Jaw Replacement Successful?
  • Is Swelling at the Sublingual Salivary Gland a Symptom of Cancer?
  • What Are Possible Dysplasia Treatment Options?
  • What Is the Etiological Agent for Oral Squamous Papilloma

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  • Symptoms and Tests
  • Treatment
  • Complications
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    Last Updated: Jun 25, 2014