Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with mouth, gum, tongue or throat cancer? Are you feeling overwhelmed as you search the Internet for oral cancer information and seem to find so much yet so little at the same time? You have come to the right place. This site is designed to give you basic oral cancer information, plus more specific details on mouth, tongue, gum and throat cancer. We are also dedicated to connecting you to the best oral cancer information and research available on the Internet through our extensive links and resources.
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I hear about cancer all the time, but what exactly is it?
The American Cancer Society defines cancer as “the general name for a group of more than 100 diseases in which cells in a part of the body begin to grow out of control. Although there are many kinds of cancer, they all start because abnormal cells grow out of control. Untreated cancers can cause serious illness and even death.”
Cancer originates in cells. Healthy cells die when they become old or damaged and are then replaced by new cells. These healthy cells are always growing new cells or dividing to replace injured or dying cells. Cancer cells on the other hand have damaged DNA that keep them from dying like they should. Instead they continue to grow out of control producing more and more abnormal cells developing into what is known as a tumor. A tumor is defined as an “abnormal lump or mass of tissue”. It is important to know that not all tumors are cancerous, but they do all need to be diagnosed and treated by a doctor.
Facts about Cancer
- Cancer is always named for the place where it started, even though it may spread to other areas. For example, if oral cancer has spread to the lungs it is still considered an oral cancer.
- Some of the most common types of cancer include breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer and oral cancer.
- Half of all men and one third of all women will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime.
- Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, only behind heart disease.
For more information on all types of cancer we recommend visiting the American Cancer Society’s web page.
But what about oral cancer?
Oral Cancer is cancer that begins in the oral cavity, which can include the mouth, gums, tongue or throat.
Watch this video from the famous actress (and mother of Gwyneth Paltrow), Blythe Danner, who’s life was radically changed by oral cancer.
Feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin?
Here are a few links with tons of oral cancer information broken down by location.
Think you may be experiencing some oral cancer symptoms?
Here is some basic oral cancer information on what symptoms may look and feel like for the different types.
- Oral Cancer Symptoms
- Mouth Cancer Symptoms
- Tongue Cancer Symptoms
- Gum Cancer Symptoms
- Throat Cancer Symptoms
Want to know if you are at risk for oral cancer?
Take a look at this breakdown of the common causes of different types of oral cancer.
- Causes of Oral Cancer
- Causes of Mouth Cancer
- Causes of Tongue Cancer
- Causes of Gum Cancer
- Causes of Throat Cancer
Want to prevent oral cancer?
Here is some basic oral cancer information on how you can do just that.
- Oral Cancer Prevention
- Mouth Cancer Prevention
- Tongue Cancer Prevention
- Gum Cancer Prevention
- Throat Cancer Prevention
Unsure of the different treatment options available for oral cancer?
Here is a list of different oral cancer treatment options.
- Oral Cancer Treatment
- Mouth Cancer Treatment
- Tongue Cancer Treatment
- Gum Cancer Treatment
- Throat Cancer Treatment
Don’t think you are at risk for oral cancer?
Take a look at these pictures of people who thought just that. BEWARE some of the images in these galleries are very graphic and are not appropriate for young children.
- Oral Cancer Pictures
- Mouth Cancer Pictures
- Tongue Cancer Pictures
- Gum Cancer Pictures
- Throat Cancer Pictures
Want links to more oral cancer information?
These pages will provide you with numerous links to much more oral cancer information.