According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, causing close to 11,000 deaths.
Oral cancer is more than twice as common in men as in women. While there’s no routine test to diagnose oral cancer, the disease can be found during routine screenings by your dental specialist. Signs and symptoms of oral cancer can include the following: (Please note that these signs and symptoms can also be caused by other issues)
Tobacco and alcohol are the largest risk factors. Smoking and drinking together are estimated to increase the risk of oral cancer up to 30x.