Facts about Oral Cancer

  • Did you know that 25% of people who have oral cancer are NOT smokers? Oral viruses are now being blamed for these lesions.
  • Oral cancers most commonly involve the lips and tongue.
  • Smoking and other tobacco use are linked to most cases of oral cancer. Heavy alcohol use also increases your risk for oral cancer.
  • Symptoms may include chewing problems, mouth sores, pain with swallowing, speech difficulties, swallowing difficulty, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, tongue problems.
  • About 1 in 4 people with oral cancer die because of delayed diagnosis and treatment.
  • Oral Cancer screening tests, which are available at FirstBite, are routinely taken every 3 years, can assist in detecting these lesions and preventing them spread to other tissues.

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