Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a noncommunicable disease with high mortality and is among the 10 most common cancers in certain areas of the world.

The Oral Cancer Project aims to improve oral cancer survival rates by building a wealth of resources that promote oral cancer prevention strategies and advocate early detection and immediate treatment action.

Oral cancer is most prevalent among middle-aged men, but women and younger people are increasingly affected.

The main causes of oral cancer are tobacco and alcohol use, accounting for an estimated 90 percent of oral cancers.

The disease typically presents as an ulcer that does not heal; other symptoms may include pain, swelling, bleeding and difficulty in chewing and swallowing.


Early detection and swift treatment improve oral cancer survival rates. FDI, together with its industry partner Sunstar, produced a practical resource to support a proactive approach to oral cancer detection and care. Oral Cancer: Prevention and patient management includes a fold-out chairside guide for oral health professionals, as well as a toolkit with a detailed definition of oral cancer, associated risk factors, prevention strategies, and patient management.

The toolkit addresses the important role of oral health professionals to screen high-risk patients for early signs of oral cancer.

The chairside guide offers a clear way to conduct a simple yet effective oral examination through a decision tree.

Both elements are designed to be used daily in dental practices and supports timely referral to multi-disciplinary treatments before, during and after the oral cancer treatment.

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