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Oral Cancer

What is Oral Cancer?

Approximately 42,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with this largely preventable type of cancer that affects the mouth and/or part of the throat. Most oral cancers are related to tobacco use, alcohol use, or both. You can help reduce your risk for oral cancer by avoiding all tobacco products and drinking alcohol only in moderation (National Cancer Institute).

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Early Detection

Because oral cancer can spread quickly, early detection is important. An oral cancer exam can identify early (More)

Understanding Oral Cancer

  • Lip and Oral Cavity Cancer
  • Can Oral Cancer Spread?
  • Oral Cancer Prevention
  • Four Things You Can Do To Prevent Cancer
  • Weight, Obesity & Cancer: A Serious Risk
  • Oral Health Care for the Cancer Patient
  • Chemotherapy and Your Mouth
  • HPV Can Cause Head and Neck Cancer
  • Tobacco Use and Oral Cancer
  • Genetic Counseling - Getting the Information You Need
  • (More)

  • Commonly Asked Questions


  • Am I at Risk for Oral Cancer from HPV?
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  • Fibula Graft: The Best Option?
  • How Long Does the Gum Take to Heal After a Biopsy?
  • Is Jaw Replacement Successful?
  • What Are Possible Dysplasia Treatment Options?
  • What Is the Etiological Agent for Oral Squamous Papilloma

  • Additional Information

  • Symptoms and Tests
  • Treatment
  • Complications
  • The Body
  • Research Studies
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    NetWellness Expert Meade C van Putten

    Meade C van Putten, DDS, MS
    The Ohio State University


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    Last Updated: May 13, 2016