cancer, also called mouth cancer, is a cancer of the group head and neck cancers that develops from cells lining
the oral cavity, especially the cells lining the inside of the lips, tongue, floor of mouth, inside of the
cheeks, gums or palate.
Most cancers of the oral
cavity are formed in the flat cells that line the inside of the mouth. The development of the cancer may be due
to aggression or repeated assaults that lead to formation of precancerous lesions, ulcers or wounds, for
example; however, the
majority of oral cancers are the result of smoking.
When you smoke, you tend to
keep in your mouth the puffs of smoke before expelling them out. Some toxic substances inhaled into your lungs;
the others remain in the oral cavity and attack the oral mucosa. That is why a cancer of the mouth tends to
occur in areas where toxic substances of tobacco concentrate: lips, inside the lips and cheeks, gums, tongue,
floor of mouth, the tissue behind the wisdom teeth and the bony portion of the mouth (also called hard palate or