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Mouth cancer - A to Z

The mouthThis page contains links to content about mouth cancer, also known as oral cavity cancer. There's a separate A to Z page about oropharyngeal cancer.

Mouth cancer  is more common in men than women and the vast majority of cases occur in people aged over 50. Over 5,300 new cases of mouth cancer are diagnosed in the UK every year. 

The main risk factors for mouth cancer are smoking and drinking alcohol. At least three out four cases of could be prevented by quitting smoking and drinking less alcohol.

Cancer Research UK is funding research into many aspects of mouth cancer, from causes to treatment. We are also raising awareness of the risk factors and warning signs of the disease.

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Related categories

Mouth cancer is a sub-category of Head and neck cancer

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Updated: 17 September 2009