April is Oral Cavity and Oropharynx Cancer Awareness

The oral cavity (OC) and oropharynx (OP) are separate, nonoverlapping anatomic regions. These areas help you breathe, talk, eat, chew, and swallow. Minor salivary glands throughout the oral cavity and oropharynx make saliva that keeps your mouth moist and helps you digest food. Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the most common malignancy and accounts for 90% of cancers of the head and neck.These cancers account for 2.9% of all cancers diagnosed in the U.S. and 1.6% of all cancer deaths. The major risk factors are tobacco use, alcohol consumption, interaction between heavy use of tobacco and alcohol together, human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, UV light, ill fitting dentures, diet, and chewing betel quid (“paan,” often practiced in Asian, migrant Asian, and other communities).

 

April Cancer Awareness