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Oral Cancer FAQ

Is oral cancer treatable?

Oral cancer can be treatable with early diagnosis: the survival rate for oral cancer is very high if detected early – up to 80 – 90% and the treatment and procedures for removal are much easier and less disfiguring the earlier it is detected. The later the stage, the worse the statistics: late stage detection can carry as low as a 20% survival rate.

Can you die from oral cancer?

Oral Cancer can be deadly with delayed diagnosis: patients with advanced oral cancers have only a 19% survival rate. Oral cancer is responsible for approximately 8,000 deaths each year (even more than melanoma or cervical cancer.) Every hour of every day, an American dies of oral cancer.

Who is affected by oral cancer?

Oral cancer affects more than 30,000 people in the US each year. Oral cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers in the USA, especially among young people. Men are significantly more likely to have oral cancer than women and rates are higher among Hispanic and black men than among white men. It is also worth noting that oral cancer rates increase rapidly with age between the ages of 50 and 70.

How does oral cancer spread?

The spread of oral cancer has been linked with oral sex and the HPV virus.