Oral Cancer

The Facts

  • Oral cancer is the 8th most common cancer worldwide.
  • Approximately 90% of oral cancer cases are caused by tobacco use and excessive alcohol intake.
  • Exposure of the lips to ultraviolet (UV) radiation for lengthy periods is an added risk factor for lip cancer.
  • Oral cancer survival rates for 3 and 5 years have improved with newer treatment approaches but are still considered unsatisfactory in late stage disease.

 Sources:

The treatment of oral cancer: an overview for dental professionals.

Deng H, Sambrook PJ, Logan RM.

Aust Dent J. 2011 Sep;56(3):244-52, 341. doi: 10.1111/j.1834-7819.2011.01349.x. Review.

 

Strengthening the prevention of oral cancer: the WHO perspective.

Petersen PE.

Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2005 Dec;33(6):397-9.

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