Most lip and oral cavity cancers occur in squamous cells. These cells are thin, flat cells that line the lips and oral cavity. These cancers are called squamous cell carcinomas. They can grow in the mouth, the jaw, the front of the tongue and the lips. Your doctor may notice white patches seen on your gums, or inside your cheeks, the bottom of your mouth and, sometimes, your tongue. These are called leukoplakia.
You are at higher risk for lip and mouth cancer if you use tobacco or drink heavily.
Why Choose Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center?
More board-certified head and neck surgical specialists than any other South Florida provider. Surgery simplified. In the majority of cases requiring reconstruction, you have just one operation for cancer removal and any reconstructive surgery. Sylvester is one of the best places in the country for simultaneous head and neck cancer surgery and microvascular reconstruction.
Clinical trials that focus on robotic surgery, chemotherapy, reducing radiation toxicity and immunotherapy are often available for head and neck cancer patients. New treatments not available elsewhere: Your access to trials that match your specific cancer gives you the best chance for the best treatment outcomes.
Sylvester is one of the best places in the country for simultaneous cancer surgery and microvascular reconstruction. Emergence from surgery whole: In the majority of cases requiring reconstruction, you have one surgery to remove any cancer and rebuild what you lost.