Each year, more than 30,000 new cases of cancer of the oral cavity and
pharynx are diagnosed and over 8,000 deaths due to oral cancer occur. The
5-year survival rate for these cancers is only about 50 percent. Mortality
from oral cancer is nearly twice as high in some minorities (especially
black males) as it is in whites. Methods used to treat oral cancers
(surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy) are disfiguring and costly.
Preventing high risk behaviors, that include cigarette, cigar or pipe
smoking, use of smokeless tobacco, and excessive use of alcohol are
critical in preventing oral cancers. Early detection is key to increasing
the survival rate for these cancers.
More Information on Oral Cancer
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