Lets Break It Down
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This cancer is generally divided into four main categories, lip, oral cavity, salivary gland and oropharynx.
Cancers of the lip are mostly caused by ultra violet radiation from the sun.
Oral cavity cancers generally come from tobacco use, high alcohol consumption. A very small number comes from HPV or unknown causes.
The causes for salivary gland cancers are not well understood.
Oropharyngeal cancers (back of the mouth) predominantly come from HPV-16. A small number still come from tobacco use.
When considering all locations – 42,000 Americans will be affected in 2013.
115 new individuals will be diagnosed in the US every day of the year.
It kills one person every hour of every day, 24/7/365.
If something suspicious persists in your mouth for more than two weeks, get it checked by a dental or medical professional.
Make sure to get a screening every year – early detection is the key to survival and fewer treatment related quality of life issues.