Oral Cancer


This type of Oral Cancer rarely spreads to other parts of the body, but it may invade nearby tissue.

Oral Cancer is one of the many types of cancer that people can contract. If this cancer is not diagnosed early and immediately treated, it can be life threatening.

Cancer of the oral variety includes cancers of the cheeks, lips, tongue, hard palate, and floor of the mouth. It is the sixth most common type of cancer among men, with males accounting for 70 percent of all cases. Men over age 50 are at the greatest risk of developing this type of cancer. Other risk factors include smoking, which increases risk by six times. Even smokeless tobacco users are at a higher risk.

Risk factors

  • Tobacco,
  • Alcohol
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Sun Exposure
  • Tobacco :
  • Tobacco, the most common cause for Oral Cancer, which is almost considered to be the cause for about 75% of the cases of Oral cancers, which might include the Smoking tobacco and non-smoking or chewing tobacco. Tobacco has nearly 20 carcinogens and its combustion can damage the oral tissues.

  • Alcohol :
  • Alcohol, heavy drinking of which can cause Oral Cancer. These have a synergistic effect on person if he is a regular smoker plus an alcohol drinker. Smoking + Drinking together increases the risk of Oral Cancer by 15 times.

  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) :
  • Human Papilloma Virus, called HPV, which is of more than 100 varieties is also one of the risk factors for cause of Oral Cancer. The same virus of 16/18 varieties also is known for spreading cervical cancers.

  • Sun Exposure :
  • Prolonged exposure to the sun increases the risk of lip cancer.

    The most common symptoms linked to oral cancer

    • Discolored splotches appearing in and around the mouth and lips
    • Blisters and polyps forming inside the mouth
    • Difficulty eating and swallowing
    • Irritation in and around the ears

    Oral Cancer is a kind of cancer that originates in and around the mouth, and can spread throughout the head and neck of those affected.