Oral cancer can occur anywhere in the mouth, more specifically the lips, the inside lining of the lips and cheeks, the teeth, the gums, most of the tongue, the bottom of the mouth, and the bony roof of the mouth, or hard palate. In addition, oral cancer may also develop in the oropharynx, which is the part of the throat that is just behind the mouth. When cancer occurs here, it is called oropharyngeal cancer or throat cancer, and can include the back of the tongue, the back of the roof of the mouth, the tonsils, and the walls of the upper throat.

Cancer can develop in any part of the oral cavity. Because each part of the oral cavity is different, oral cancer encompasses a wide variety of cancer types that are treated in different ways.

The American Cancer Society estimates that around 53,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer in 2019. At Livonia Family Dental, we are always proud to offer FREE oral cancer screenings during the month of April. As always, we believe that prevention is key – we are happy to make an appointment for you to get your free screening this year, so please call us (734) 427-2222 and let us schedule your screening today.