Mouth cancer (oral cancer) is caused by an abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells in the mouth.There are a variety of screening devices that may assist dentists in detecting oral cancer, including the Velscope, Vizilite Plus and the identafi 3000. tissue biopsy, whether of the tongue or other oral tissues and microscopic examination of the lesion confirm the diagnosis of oral cancer or precancer.
Treatment of mouth ulcers begins with prevention. This includes seeking regular dental care (twice yearly) and maintaining good oral hygiene, such as brushing the teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day.Treatment may include regular dental cleaning, antiseptic mouth rinses, antibiotics and brushing and flossing
In 2004 approximately 157,000 (0.11% of) men and 87,000 (0.07% of) women had oral cancer. There are more people with oral cancer in older age groups. This year, an estimated 45,780 adults (32,670 men and 13,110 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer. The five-year survival rate of people with oral or oropharyngeal cancer is 63%, and the ten-year survival rate is 51%.