Lip and oral cavity cancer

Also known as: Oral cavity cancer, Cancer, lip and oral cavity
Lip and oral cavity cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the lips or mouth.
The oral cavity includes the following:
  • The front two thirds of the tongue
  • The gingiva (gums)
  • The buccal mucosa (the lining of the inside of the cheeks)
  • The floor (bottom) of the mouth under the tongue
  • The hard palate (the roof of the mouth)
  • The retromolar trigone (the small area behind the wisdom teeth)
Providence Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Program offers world class care for patients with benign and malignant tumors of the oral cavity (mouth), tongue, phaynx (throat), larynx (voice box), nose, paranasal sinuses, salivary glands and thyroid gland, as well as tumors at the skull base.