Overview

What Is Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer is a malignancy arising from any part of the oral cavity. This can be an ulcer (sore) or a growth.

Oral cancer includes:

  • Cancer of the tongue
  • Floor of mouth
  • Buccal mucosa (inner lining of the cheek)
  • Hard palate
  • Retromolar trigone (the area between the back parts of the upper and lower gums)
  • Upper and lower gingiva (gums)

Cancer of the lip is frequently also included in the category of oral cancers.

All oral cavity cancers have a tendency to metastasize (spread) to the lymph nodes of the neck. Generally, cancer spreading outside the head and neck is uncommon unless the cancer is quite advanced.

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