Factors & Warning Signs
and neck cancer is related substantially to smoking and
alcohol. Approximately 90% of those diagnosed with
oral or pharyngeal cancer (including cancer of the
mouth, tongue, lips, throat, parts of the nose and
larynx) are tobacco users.
regular alcohol consumption is also a risk factor for oral
and oro-pharyngeal cancer. It is estimated that
75% - 80% of those with oral/oro-pharyngeal cancer drink
alcohol frequently. Like smokers, people who drink
a lot of alcohol on a regular basis are at least six
times more likely to get oral/oro-pharyngeal cancer than
non-drinkers. Of note is that the risk for mouth
cancer that each substance represents is compounded when
both tobacco and alcohol are used together.
Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer
in the mouth or on the lips that don’t heal
despite treatment for at least two weeks.
painless white or red patch on the lining of the
mouth which does not subside.
painless lump in the mouth, throat, tongue or neck.
sore throat that doesn’t go away within the normal
period of time.
difficulty with swallowing or chewing without any