Oral cancer is the thirteenth-most common form of cancer in Canada, and death rates from oral cancer are higher than for many other cancers, including cervical, liver and stomach.
Although this type of cancer occurs more frequently in people who smoke, and in older adults, it can also occur in those who have no known risk factors for the disease.
The good news is that oral cancer can be successfully treated if it is caught early.
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The following selfexamination guide can help you identify the possible symptoms of oral cancer including ulcers; red spots or white patches; thin grey or white plaques; lumps on the lips, tongue or neck; bright-red patches with a soft, velvety texture; a sore throat or difficulty swallowing; and inflamed or bleeding tissues.