Oral cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in Asia. It ranks number one in terms of all cancer incidence among men and third among women.
In India, because of cultural, ethnic, geographic factors and the popularity of addictive habits, the frequency of oral cancer is high. Several factors like tobacco and tobacco related products, alcohol, genetic predisposition and hormonal factors are suspected as possible causative factors
The oral cancer 5 year survival rate is very low (20-50%). This is primarily due to late detection and hence late presentation of the case.
Therefore It becomes even more important to find oral cancer early when it can be treated more successfully.
Early detection of oral cancer is often possible. Tissue changes in the mouth that might signal the beginnings of cancer often can be seen and felt easily.
An annual screening for oral cancer is important, however in between even the smallest change in the mouth should be a cause of concern and should be reported to the dentist immediately. This includes: