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Causes of Oral Cavity Cancer & Throat Cancer

Man touching his lymph nodes in neck

As with other types of cancer, oral cavity cancer and throat cancer can result from genetic mutations. DNA is responsible for controlling the growth and division of cells. A DNA mutation can cause cells to grow uncontrollably, which can lead to cancer.

Researchers within the medical community are still working to determine exactly what causes the genetic mutations that can lead to oral cavity cancer and throat cancer. However, they’ve identified a number of risk factors that can increase the chance of developing these malignancies, including:

  • Tobacco use (including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, snuff and more)
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Use of mouthwash with a high alcohol content
  • A diet lacking in fruits and vegetables
  • A history of head or neck cancer

It’s important to remember that the presence of one or more of these risk factors doesn’t necessarily mean that someone will develop oral cavity cancer or throat cancer—it simply means that he or she is at a greater risk for these malignancies.

Get the treatment you need at Moffitt

Moffitt Cancer Center is pleased to offer treatment for oral cavity cancer and throat cancer through our renowned Head and Neck Cancer Program. We place the highest priority on providing our patients with comprehensive, individualized treatment, and our specialists work together to develop a customized treatment plan that suits each patient’s specific needs.

If you think you might have oral cavity cancer or throat cancer, don’t wait any longer—contact Moffitt Cancer Center today and request an appointment. You can reach us by calling 1-888-663-3488 or filling out our new patient registration form online. After a cancer diagnosis, every day counts, so we’ll be sure to connect you with a cancer expert within just one day.