Gum Cancer Quiz

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About This Quiz

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?

Gum cancer is cancer of the gingiva, the soft tissue covering the jaw.

What is the most common type of oral cancer?

Squamous cell carcinoma, cancer that begins in the flat cells of the skin or tissues that protect internal organs, is the most common type of oral cancer -- as many as 90 percent of oral cancers are squamous cell carcinomas.

Which is not a type of oral cancer?

Vestibular schwannomas is a cancer of the central nervous system, not an oral cancer.

Oral cancers occur in which area of the mouth?

Oral cancers may affect any part of the mouth, lips and tongue.

Where is oral cancer often first seen?

While oral cancer can occur in the gums, tonsils and lining of the cheek, it is more often first diagnosed on the tongue than in these other areas.

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

There were 39,400 new cases of cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx diagnosed this year.

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

Seven thousand nine hundred patients died from cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx this year.

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

Verrucous carcinoma is an oral cancer that affects the lining, or the mucus membranes, of the mouth.

What is verrucous carcinoma also known as?

Verrucous carcinoma, a cancer often seen in tobacco users, is also known as Ackerman's tumor.

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

It is estimated that the human papillomavirus (HPV) is linked to about 60 percent of cancers that occur on the back of the tongue, on the tonsils and in the back of the throat.

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

True. Being male seems to increase the risk of developing oral cancer.

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

The five-year relative survival rate, for all races and both sexes, is around 61 percent.

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

Both of these choices are symptoms of oral cancers, including gum cancer.

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

While poor oral hygiene and poorly-fitting dental work may be factors in the occurence of some oral cancers, smoking and chewing tobacco, heavy alcohol consumption and HPV are all known to increase the risk of developing an oral cancer.

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

Roughly 80 percent of people diagnosed with oral cancer smoke or chew tobacco.

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

Roughly 70 percent of people diagnosed with oral cancer are heavy drinkers.

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

Oral cancer is the sixth most common type of cancer diagnosed in males.

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

The majority of oral cancers, around 55 to 70 percent of cases, occur on the tongue, tonsils, lip and in the minor salivary glands. The remaining 30 to 45 percent occur in the gums, on the floor of the mouth and in other places in the oropharyngeal area and oral cavity.

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.

False. Chronic periodontitis, a condition that causes bone loss, has been associated with increased risk of developing mouth cancer.

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

True. A persistent earache, as well as numbness felt in the lower lip and chin, are symptoms of some types of oral cancer.

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