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The Definition of Oral or Mouth Cancer

Oral Cancer includes cancers of the:

  • Lips
  • Gums
  • Tongue
  • Inside lining of the cheeks
  • Roof of the mouth
  • Floor of the mouth
  • Sinuses 
  • Throat

Cancer is defined as the uncontrollable growth of cells that invade and cause damage to surrounding tissue.  Oral cancer appears as a growth or sore in the mouth that does not go away.  Oral cancer can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early.