Oral cancer is cancer that develops in the tissues of the mouth or throat. It belongs to a larger group of cancers called head and neck cancers. Most develop in the squamous cells found in your mouth, tongue, and lips.
Oral cancer is one of the most frequent cancers globally: in 2018, oral cancer occurred globally in about 355,000 people, and resulted in 177,000 deaths and unfortunately its late stage detection is a common problem worldwide. Early discovery is the most important step in reducing the death rate: when detected in first stage, patients have an 80 to 90 percent survival rate.