Day: October 26, 2017

October 26, 2017
Oral Cancer is now an epidemic

What is mouth cancer?

Most people have heard of cancer affecting parts of the body such as the lungs or breasts. However, cancer can appear in the mouth, where the disease can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat.

Who can be affected by mouth cancer?

Anyone can be affected by mouth cancer, whether they have their own teeth or not. Mouth cancers are more common in people over 40, particularly men. However, research has shown that mouth cancer is becoming more common in younger patients and in women. Cancers of mouth and tongue, taken together, overshadow cancer of lung. Likewise, in other cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Aurangabad etc. after lung cancer, cancer of mouth [excluding tongue] is the second most common cancer among males. The projected burden of cancers among males by the year 2020 in India shows the number of cases will be lung (102,300), mouth (99,495), prostate (61,222), tongue (60,669) and larynx (36,079). Cumulatively, this makes ‘oral cancer’ the leading cancer site for men in most of India. The number of new cases of mout