Oral cancer, which usually forms on the lips, tongue, or other areas around the mouth, is a serious condition. More than 7,500 people die from the disease each year. However, it doesn't have to be life-threatening; when diagnosed and treated early, the survival rate is good.
Oral cancer can be treated or even cured with surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy. Dentists detect oral cancer during regular office visits by checking for sores or ulcers inside your mouth.