Oral Cancer Information

Read here for recent facts and data about causes and mortality rates of oral cancer.

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Facts & Statistics 

Finding oral cancer is too late!

  • By the time a lesion appears suspicious for cancer, it is generally dangerous, often life-threatening.


Oral cancers have increased over the past six years, while other cancers have decreased.

  • 65% of oral cancer is linked to HPV.

  • Oral cancer is rising in low-risk groups.

  • Oral cancer is rising in women, young people, and non-smokers.

  • At least 25% of oral cancer victims have no known risk factors.


Mortality rates have not decreased in 50 years due to late detection.

  • Oral cancer kills 1 person per hour.

  • Annually, oral cancer kills about as many Americans as melanoma and twice as many as cervical cancer.

  • Each year more than 50,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed and over 8,000 deaths occur.