Oral Cancer (Mouth Cancer) Directory
Oral cancer can develop in any part of the mouth, including on the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, roof of the mouth, sinuses, and throat. Risk factors for oral cancer include smoking or spit (chewing) tobacco and excessive use of alcohol. Oral cancer can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. It is important to check regularly for symptoms of oral cancer, such as a growth or sore in the mouth that does not go away. If you see something that looks suspicious, make an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how oral cancer is contracted, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
Oral Cancer Screening (PDQ®): Screening - Health Professional Information [NCI]-Description of the Evidence
BackgroundIncidence and mortalityAn estimated 41,380 new cases of oral cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2013, and an estimated 7,890 people will die of the disease. This form of cancer accounts for about 3% of cancers in men. The overall annual incidence in the United States is about 10.8 per 100,000 men and women; the median age at diagnosis of oral cavity or pharyngeal cancer was 62 years from 2005 to 2009.Incidence has been falling in men since 1975 and in women since 1980. However, incidence has recently been increasing for oral cancers related to human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. About 60% of oral/pharyngeal cancers are moderately advanced (regional stage) or metastatic at the time of diagnosis.The estimated annual worldwide number of incident oral cancers is about 275,000, with an approximately 20-fold variation geographically. South and Southeast Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Bangladesh), France, and Brazil have
Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancer Screening (PDQ®): Screening - Patient Information [NCI]-Risks of Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancer Screening
Screening tests have risks.Decisions about screening tests can be difficult. Not all screening tests are helpful and most have risks. Before having any screening test, you may want to discuss the test with your doctor. It is important to know the risks of the test and whether it has been proven to reduce the risk of dying from cancer.The risks of oral cancer screening include the following:Finding oral cancer may not improve health or help a person live longer. Some cancers never cause symptoms or become life-threatening, but if found by a screening test, the cancer may be treated. Finding these cancers is called overdiagnosis. It is not known if treatment of these cancers would help you live longer than if no treatment were given, and treatments for cancer, such as surgery and radiation therapy, may have serious side effects. Screening may also find oral cancers that have already spread and cannot be cured. When these cancers are found, treatment may cause serious side effects and
Oral Complications of Chemotherapy and Head/Neck Radiation (PDQ®): Supportive care - Health Professional Information [NCI]-Graft-versus-Host Disease
Patients who have received allogeneic or matched unrelated transplants are at risk of developing graft-versus-host disease (GVHD).[1,2] A related condition referred to as pseudo-GVHD is occasionally reported in autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients. GVHD can affect oral tissues and often mimics naturally occurring autoimmune diseases such as erosive lichen planus, pemphigus, scleroderma, and Sjögren syndrome. Oral GVHD has also been linked to oral precancerous and malignant lesions.Acute GVHD can occur as early as 2 to 3 weeks posttransplant; mucosal erythema and erosion/ulceration are typical manifestations. Chronic oral GVHD changes can be recognized as early as day 70 posttransplant. The pattern and types of lesions seen in acute GVHD are also seen in chronic GVHD, but manifestations can also include raised white hyperkeratotic plaques and striae and persistent reduced salivary function. Oral symptoms of oral GVHD include xerostomia and increased
Oral Complications of Chemotherapy and Head/Neck Radiation (PDQ®): Supportive care - Patient Information [NCI]-Oral Complications and Their Causes
Cancer treatment can cause mouth and throat problems.Complications of chemotherapy Oral complications caused by chemotherapy include the following:Inflammation and ulcers of the mucous membranes in the stomach or intestines.Easy bleeding in the mouth.Nerve damage.Complications of radiation therapyOral complications caused by radiation therapy to the head and neck include the following:Fibrosis (growth of fibrous tissue) in the mucous membrane in the mouth.Tooth decay and gum disease.Breakdown of tissue in the area that receives radiation.Breakdown of bone in the area that receives radiation.Fibrosis of muscle in the area that receives radiation.Complications caused by either chemotherapy or radiation therapyThe most common oral complications may be caused by either chemotherapy or radiation therapy. These include the following: Inflamed mucous membranes in the mouth.Infections in the mouth or that travel through the bloodstream. These can reach and affect cells all over the body.Taste
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