Oral Cancer

Oral cancer includes cancers of the lip and all parts of the oral cavity and oropharynx. It is one of the 10 most common cancers in the world, and in some Asian-Pacific countries, the incidence of oral cancer ranks among the top three cancers. Oral cancer is most prevalent among middle-aged men, but women and younger people are increasingly affected.

Tobacco, alcohol and areca nut (betel quid) use are among the leading causes of oral cancer.

In regions like North America and Europe, ‘high risk’ human papillomavirus infections are responsible for a growing percentage of oro-pharyngeal cancers among young people. The disease typically presents as an ulcer that does not heal; other symptoms may include pain, swelling, bleeding and difficulty in chewing and swallowing. Oral cancer mortality rates are quite high, as it is often not detected and treated early enough.

Working to improve oral cancer survival rates

The Oral Cancer Project was launched in 2017 and seeks to improve oral cancer survival rates by delivering resources that promote oral cancer prevention strategies and advocate early detection and timely treatment.

Project goals

Raise awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment of oral cancer to improve survival rates

Provide oral healthcare professionals with practical tools to help reduce the oral cancer disease burden

Support timely referral to multi-disciplinary treatments before, during and after oral cancer treatment

The Oral Cancer project was supported by Sunstar (2018-2019).

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Oral Cancer Chairside Guide

Guide pratique au fauteuil pour la prévention des cancers buccaux et la prise en charge des patients atteints de cancer

Chairside Guides

Près de 70 % des cancers oraux sont précédés d’affections potentiellement malignes, telles que des lésions blanches non détachables ou éryhémateuses. Ce guide pratique se concentre sur les régions les plus sujettes aux cancers oraux : la langue, la face interne des joues et le plancher buccal.

Les professionnels de la santé bucco-dentaire sont bien placés pour dépister les signes précoces du cancer oral chez les patients à haut risque. Les taux de survie peuvent être améliorés grâce à une détection précoce et à l’orientation rapide des patients vers des centres de traitement multidisciplinaire.