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what is oral cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Cancer in the mouth: Oral cancer is one type of cancer and occurs more commonly in people who smoke and drink. HPV is an other causative agent for cancers in the back of the mouth. Please visit this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/oral-cancer
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Cancer in mouth: Cancer of the mouth. Most common squamous cell carcinoma from excessive smoking and alcohol.

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Is oral cancer common?

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Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 16 years experience
~35-40K cases/yr: There are about 35-40, 000 oral and pharynx cancers per year in the United States.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How curable is oral cancer?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
It curable? but: Although the number of deaths each year from oral cancer is astounding, it is highly curable if diagnosed early. Prevention is a key factor in oral cancer and a 90 second dental examination could save your life.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How do they treat oral cancer?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Many ways.: Local disease is treated by surgery and radiation. Surgery is more common. Chemotherapy, like Cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil used before or during radiation is just as good as surgery and radiation in locally advanced disease. Recurrent or metastatic disease is treated palliatively with Cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil or paclitaxil. Patients with localized disease can have 75% 5 year survival.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How do you get oral cancer?

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Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Many ways: The known risk factors for oral cancer are tobacco use (whether cigarettes, cigars or smokeless tobacco), alcohol use, and infection with certain strains of human papilloma virus. Genetics may play a role in some people.
A 25-year-old female asked:

Symptoms of oral cancer?

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Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
A few: Oral ulcer or sore, swelling, pain. numbness, loose teeth, numbness, bleeding, difficulty swallowing or chewing. See oral surgeon if concerned you might have oral cancer.

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