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Gum Cancer Quiz
by Staff
Do you only have to worry about oral cancer if you smoke? Who's at risk for gum cancer? Challenge what you know about gum and other oral cancers in our ultimate gum cancer quiz.

What part of the mouth does gum cancer affect?

  • uvula
  • gingiva
  • lingual frenulum

What is the most common type of oral cancer?

  • squamous cell carcinoma
  • adenocarcinoma
  • basal cell carcinoma

Which is not a type of oral cancer?

  • verrucous carcinoma
  • minor salivary gland cancer
  • vestibular schwannomas

Oral cancers occur in which area of the mouth?

  • gums
  • lining of the cheek
  • both of the above

Where is oral cancer often first seen?

  • gums
  • tongue
  • inside the cheek

How many estimated new cases of oral cancer were diagnosed this year?

  • 7900
  • 12600
  • 39400

How many deaths can be attributed to oral cancer this year?

  • 7900
  • 12600
  • 39400

What type of oral cancer causes the skin to appear white and grooved?

  • verrucous carcinoma
  • minor salivary gland cancer
  • vestibular schwannomas

What is verrucous carcinoma also known as?

  • Hashimoto's disease
  • Ackerman's tumor
  • Wilms tumor

Which virus has been linked to the occurrence of oral cancers?

  • human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)

True or false: Men have a greater chance of developing oral cancer than women.

  • true
  • false

What is the average five-year relative survival rate for patients diagnosed with gum cancer?

  • 30 percent
  • 40 percent
  • 60 percent

Which of the following is a common symptom of gum cancer?

  • white or red patches on the gums
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • both of the above

Which of the following is not one of the most common causes of oral cancer?

  • smoking and chewing tobacco
  • drinking alcohol
  • poor oral hygiene and ill-fitting dental work

What percent of people diagnosed with a form of oral cancer are tobacco users?

  • 100 percent
  • 80 percent
  • 45 percent

What percent of people diagnosed with a form of oral cancer regularly drink alcohol?

  • 80 percent
  • 70 percent
  • 45 percent

How does oral cancer rank in the most common cancers among males?

  • first
  • sixth
  • tenth

What percent of oral cancer occurrences are cancer of the gums?

  • more than 70 percent
  • between 55 and 70 percent
  • fewer than 45 percent

True or false: While chronic gum (periodontal) disease has been linked to increased rates of pancreatic, kidney and blood cancers, it has not been linked to the occurrence of oral cancers.

  • true
  • false

True or false: A chronic earache could be a sign of oral cancer.

  • true
  • false