One American dies every hour from oral cancer. Late detection is the primary
cause of the increase in incidence and mortality rates of oral cancer.
As with most cancers, age is the primary risk factor for oral cancer. Tobacco
and alcohol use are other major predisposing factors but more than 25%
of oral cancer victims have no such lifestyle factors. Studies also suggest
that Human Papillomavirus (HPV 16/18) plays a role in more than 20% of
oral cancer cases. The oral cancer risk patient profile is as follows: