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Mouth cancer is a very serious condition. About 26,000 men and women are diagnosed with some form of mouth cancer in the United States each year; roughly 6,000 will die of the disease. Mouth cancer responds better to treatment if it's diagnosed early. Check your mouth daily for any unusual changes, such as persistent sores or ulcers, and see your dentist regularly. As part of your checkup, your dentist will examine your mouth tissue for signs of cancer and other diseases.
American Dental Association answered
Mouth cancer can be fatal. The National Cancer Institute estimates that about 40,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with mouth or throat cancer in 2012. About 8,000 people will die of the disease.
Regular visits to your dentist can improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught early, at a time when cancer can be treated more easily.
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
Yes, mouth cancer is serious and should be treated promptly. If left alone it can progress and spread to the lymph nodes and other parts of the body. This would decrease chance of recovery. In 25 percent of mouth cancer cases, the result is death. However, if it is caught early enough, there is a high chance of successfully treating mouth cancer.
Ben Amini, Dentistry, answeredMouth cancer is dead serious
Approximately half of people with oral cancer will live more than 5 years after they are diagnosed and treated. If the cancer is found early, before it has spread to other tissues, the cure rate is nearly 90%. However, more than half of oral cancers have already spread when the cancer is detected. Most have spread to the throat or neck.
Oral cancer may be discovered when the dentist performs a routine cleaning and examination.
Most oral cancers are a type called squamous cell carcinomas. These tend to spread quickly.
Smoking and other tobacco use are linked to most cases of oral cancer. Heavy alcohol use also increases your risk for oral cancer.
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you have a sore in your mouth or lip or a lump in the neck that does not go away within 1 month. Early diagnosis and treatment of oral cancer greatly increases the chances of survival.