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Oral Cancer is on the Rise, Including Cases Linked to HPV

April 30, 2012


Oral cancer is no longer limited to older individuals who excessively drank alcohol, smoked or chewed tobacco. It is now on the rise among individuals who aren't engaging in those behaviors, with those aged 16 to 40 making up the fastest growing segment of the population falling victim to this disease. Today, oral cancer claims as many lives annually as skin cancer.
This dangerous form of cancer often goes unnoticed and can be tricky to detect because it masquerades as harmless benign lesions.
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Category: Oral Cancer

How Biopsies Diagnose Oral Cancer

April 24, 2012


A biopsy is a small sample of tissue that your doctor takes from a suspicious area. A specialized doctor, called a pathologist, examines this sample under a microscope to check for cancer. Samples may be taken from your mouth and from lymph nodes in your neck. The biopsy may be done in the doctor’s office or at the hospital.
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Category: Oral Cancer

How Oral Cancer Spreads

April 23, 2012


Oral cancer, like all cancers, begins in cells. Healthy cells grow and divide to form new cells, which take the place of old cells that die off.

But sometimes this process goes haywire. Cells needlessly form and divide, or old cells refuse to die off. These extra cells form tumors, or growths. Not all tumors are cancerous; but some are.
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Category: Oral Cancer