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Oral cancer

Updated: 2024-03-06


Oral cancer is cancer that starts as a growth of cells in any part of the mouth. Risk factors include tobacco use, heavy alcohol use and infection with human papillomavirus, also called HPV.


Symptoms include a sore that doesn't heal, a lump, or a white or red patch on the inside of the mouth.


Treatment includes surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy.