Cancer is defined as the uncontrollable growth of cells that invade and cause damage to surrounding tissue. Oral cancer appears as a growth or sore in the mouth that does not go away. Oral cancer, which includes cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses, and pharynx (throat), can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early.
All About Oral Cancer
Imagine sitting across the desk from your doctor receiving the news that you've got oral cancer. It's a scary thought, but one that upwards of 31,000 people have to face every year in the United States alone, according to the American Cancer Society. Approximately 90 percent of those diagnosed with oral cancer or pharyngeal cancer are tobacco users, making these cancers largely avoidable.
The Effects of Smoking on Human Health
The effects of smoking on human health are serious and in many cases, deadly. There are approximately 4000 chemicals in cigarettes, hundreds of which are toxic. The ingredients in cigarettes affect everything from the internal functioning of organs to the efficiency of the body's immune system. The effects of cigarette smoking are destructive and widespread.