Is oral cancer common?

With some habits. Unfortunately yes because of the ever increasing use of tobacco in our society. People who have used smokeless and smoking tobacco for years are very likely to get oral cancer. Combine that with alcohol abuse and the risk increases. It seems that teens and young adults are smoking more than ever even with everything we know about tobacco use. Not only oral cancer will result, but lung and others.
~35-40K cases/yr. There are about 35-40, 000 oral and pharynx cancers per year in the United States.
Oral cancer. Recently, certain viruses have been found to cause oral cancer. Oral cancer is more common in countries like china and india. In United States, they are less common than breast and lung cancer.
Depends. Depends on the type and the background of the patient. Certain types of oral cancer are more common than others. Some are more prevalent in certain ethnic groups. Certain habits (such as tobacco use) can make one more prone to oral cancer as well. The goal is to minimize your risk by eliminating as many risk factors as possible.

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Is oral cancer common in teens, bc I have gotten the gardasil shot, can I still get oral cancer? Is it common for 18 yr old girls?

Not likely. Mouth cancers are more common in people over 40, particularly men. Gardasil is a vaccine indicated in females 9 to 26 years of age for the prevention of cervical and vaginal cancers. Ask your doctor for more information. Read more...
Very rare. Oropharyngeal cancer from HPV 16 is very rare. Greater risk risk, at your age, from tobacco or marijuana use, and/or alcohol abuse. While Gadasil9 is very effective, it is not foolproof. Be careful, and if you have any white or red spots that persist beyond two weeks see your Dentist or Physician. Read more...
Gardasil Vaccine . Offers protection for young women and girls against cervical, vaginal, vulvar and anal cancers and genital warts caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). It offers no protection against mouth cancer. Mouth cancer is exceedingly rare in persons your age, so I shouldn't worry about it. Read more...

If you have oral cancer, is it common for sings to come on both sides of face at the same time?

Oral Cancer. The only way to be absolutely sure if a lesion is cancerous, is to have it first evaluated by a qualified professional like an oral surgeon, a dermatologist, dentist, or physician. They will often take a sample to be evaluated by a pathologist. I will say it is not likely for cancerous lesions to appear bi-laterally ( on both sides of the mid-line of the face). Always best to get an evaluation. Read more...
Unlikey. Unlikely to have bilateral oral cancer. However you need to see an ENT doc or oral surgeon to assess and biopsy to determine what the lesions are. If the lesions just appeared, safe to wait a while. If present more than 2-3 weeks, see a doc asap. Read more...

What to do if I have a feeling that its oral cancer, even though I know its common in mouth?

Examination. Have an oral surgeon examine your lesion. "Having a feeling" is not going to give you the answers you need. Seek the care of a professional. Read more...
See your dentist . There are a few various oral pathology which could cause a feeling that its oral cancer (e.g. leukoplakia). I can appreciate your concerned about your health, but finding a proper diagnosis and treatment may be the answer to your worries. Rec.: call your dentist for oral cancer screening and examination. Take good care. . Read more...

I'm a senior in high school and have been chewing since the middle of freshman year and I was wondering if its common for a teenager to get oral cancer?

Sooner than latter. Just look at baseball players and how many have died of oral cancer. Babe ruth for one. The younger tou are the longer you will be at risk if you do not stop. There at least 30, 000 people that get oral and throat cancer every year, less than half make it to 5 years. Besides, nothing is sexier than a mouth full of brown spit and bad breath. It will affect your social life as well. Read more...
As you get older. The risk increases as you get older. The number of years you do the insult, it increases the risk. The sooner you stop, the sooner the insult stops. It typically takes years to see the result of the insult to the tissue, and the reason you don't typically diagnose these cancers till a few decades later. Best thing to do is stop now. Read more...
It is not common. While it is not common for a teenager to get oral cancer, it is much more common for people who chew tobacco products to get oral cancer than those who don't chew. Be smart, quit now! Read more...

I'm 18 is oral cancer caused by HPV common?? I have received all the vaccines. I'm worried

The jury is out. An increasing number of oral cancers are being associated with HPV infection. We don't yet know but presume that the vaccine will be preventative for these tumors. Read more...

I got the 3 gardasil shots, is that enough. And how common is HPV oral cancer in teenage girls in the US. Does the shot prevent it?

HPV. This vaccine provides good protection against strains of HPV most commonly associated with causation of malignancies. Oral cancer in teenage girls in USA would be very very uncommon, and the vaccine should protect you from most strains likely to produce cancer. Good luck and best wishes. Read more...
Just 3. Three of the shots are all you need. Uncommon for oral & cervical cancer from HPV at your age. The shot prevents the 2 most common HPV serotypes that cause cancer, but not all of them. Read more...

How common is oral cancer in 27 yr old female? I have a few worrying things and one of them is a small painless lump inside left cheek by top molars?!

Oral cancer. Although oral cancer is not very common in someone your age, it can still happen. The risk factors for the development of oral cancer includes the use of alcohol and tobacco. The small painless lump you may actually be normal anatomy, because this is the location that your parotid duct opens into your mouth. Because of your concern for cancer you should really how this evaluated. Read more...
Need exam. Although it is not very common but not only it can happen, the incidence of hpv associated oral cancer in young population is on the rise. Go to see your doctor and get it checked. If that looks suspicious you prob need to see oral surgeon and get it biopsied etc. Read more...

Is feeling of something in back of throat a common symptom of oral cancer? Had this feeling for 2 months since car accident. No other symptoms

Throat discomfort. It is not a common symptom given your age. Neck muscle spasm, especially in the sternocleidomastoid muscles, can cause throat discomfort. However, if it persists, as it seems to be, you should see a doctor for further evaluation. Read more...
Possibly. It is possible as you are a very heavy smoker. It is also possible that this "feeling" is related to trauma from your recent accident or even post nasal drip from your congestion. An evaluation by an ear, nose, and throat doctor should be able to settle this for you. Read more...