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Oral Cancer

Definition of oral cancer: Cancer that forms in tissues of the oral cavity (the mouth) or the oropharynx (the part of the throat at the back of the mouth). 
Estimated new cases and deaths from oral cancer in the United States in 2012:

New cases: 40,250 (oral cavity and pharynx)
Deaths: 7,850 (oral cavity and pharynx)

See the online booklet What You Need To Know About™ Oral Cancer to learn about oral cancer symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and questions to ask the doctor.


Information about treatment of oral cancer (cancer of the lip or mouth)

Prevention, Genetics, Causes

Information related to risk factors, prevention, and genetics

Screening and Testing

Information about methods of cancer detection including new imaging technologies, tumor markers, and biopsy procedures

Clinical Trials

Information and current news about clinical trials and trial-related data

Cancer Literature

Resources available from the PubMed database

Research and Related Information

Includes NCI-supported research and funding opportunities

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    Managing physical, emotional, and lifestyle effects of cancer and treatment on patients and families; also includes information on finances, insurance, and healthcare services.
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    Healing philosophies, approaches, and therapies used in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in cancer care.
  • Learn About Clinical Trials
    Basic to advanced information for all audiences about clinical trials. Learn about what clinical trials are, why they are important, and why people choose to take part. Also, learn strategies for educating others about the importance of clinical trials.