Oral cancer is a major public health problem globally. Oral cancer is the 8th most common cancer in the world. As at 2008, more than 200,000 new cases were diagnosed globally.
Smoking, alcohol use, smokeless tobacco products, and Human papillomavirus infections are the major risk factors.
Despite recent advances in the detection and treatment of cancer, visual accessibility of the oral mucosa, and the scientific knowledge on cancer risk factors, oral cancer carries a low survival rate (near 50%). Earlier diagnosis greatly increases patient’s chances of survival as the mouth is very accessible for a clinical or self-examination.
The video below gives you a simple guide on self-examination for the signs of oral cancer or mouth cancer.