Oral Cancer Fact #8

Additional risk factors for oral cancers include high alcohol consumption, the use of smokeless (chewing/spit) tobacco, as well as, prolonged exposure to the sun (for lip cancers).

Oral Cancer Fact #7

Tobacco use, in any form, and even more so combination with heavy alcohol consumption, remains the primary risk factor for oral cancer. However, if currents trends continue, HPV may, in the next decade, become the dominant cause.

Oral Cancer Fact #6

The rates of oral cancer occurance and death amoung African Americans are twice as high as they are amoung Caucasians. This is related to lifestyle choices and socio-economic factors, not biology.

Oral Cancer Fact #5

Twenty years ago, the male to female ratio of oral cancer occurance was ten men to one woman. The ratio now is two men to one woman. Tobacco marketing (“You’ve come a long way baby”) and the virus are the primary reasons behind this shift to a...

Oral Cancer Fact #4

Historically, oral cancer has been most likely to occur after the age of 50. However, the fastest growing segment of the oral cancer population are people in the 25-50 year old age range. Evidence from leading cancer centers shows that most of this younger group are...

Oral Cancer fact #3

In the U.S., someone dies of oral cancer every hour of every day. The death rate has remained relatively constant for almost five decades. About 100 new individuals will be diagnosed with oral cancer in the US every day of the year.