Approximately 51,550 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2018, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation. That number has been on a rise for more than a decade.
According to the foundation, there are two common ways to contract oral cancer: through tobacco and alcohol use, and through exposure to the HPV-16 virus. This virus is also responsible for the majority of cases of cervical cancer in women.
Here are some other statistics about oral cancer:
- Every day, 132 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with mouth cancer
- A person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day
- When found at an early stage, oral cancers have an 80 to 90 percent survival rate
- The overall death rate at five years after diagnosis is 43 percent due to fact that majority of cases are found at late stages