Cancer of the Mouth
Cancer may occur almost anywhere in the mouth, including the lips, cheeks, palate, tongue, gums, and floor of the mouth. Even the tonsils may be involve. Most caner are not painful, especially during the early stage of the disease.
Cancer of the lips may folllow the use of pipes, cigarette holder, and cigars. Cancer inside the mouth is more common in certain countries where people put the lighted end of a cigar inside the mouth. Cancer of the stomach is also common in these people, probably due to the prescence of hot ash and other irritating substances from the tabacco.
Many other conditions may cause ulcers in the mouth, but most of these heal rapidly. Any ulcer that does not heal within two weeks should be considered as cancer until proved otherwise. Generally speaking, the farther back in the mouth cancer develops, the more serious it is. The best treatment for cancer of the mouth is surgery, followed by radium or x-ray therapy needed.