oropharynx (the part of the throat at the back of the mouth). Most cases are designated as squamous cell carcinomas because they begin in the flat cells (squamous cells) that cover the surfaces of the mouth, tongue, and lips. About 35,000 individuals in the United Stated are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. The use of alcohol and/or tobacco is associated with approximately 75 percent of oral cancers. Treatment for oral cancer may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or targeted therapy.Oral cancer includes cancers of the mouth, lips, and
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