Lip and Oral Cavity Cancers

What are lip and oral cancers? They begin in the mouth or oral cavity and include the following areas:

  • lips
  • tongue
  • cheeks
  • roof
  • floor of the mouth
  • gums

More than 90 percent of lip and oral cancers form in the flat cells known as squamous cells that line the mouth and lips.  Cancer that begins in this layer of cells is known as squamous cell carcinoma.

How often does it occur? It is estimated that nearly 35,000 people are newly diagnosed with lip and oral cancer and 6,800 die from the disease.

What does University of Minnesota Cancer Care offer? Our program provides lip and oral cancer patients with comprehensive, expert treatment and care in a central location. Our team of specialists designs a treatment plan for each patient that respects the needs of both the patient and family. We aim for the best possible outcomes to improve the patient's quality of life and long-term survival.

The lip and oral cancer team of specialists includes:

  • medical oncologists
  • therapeutic radiation oncologists
  • surgeons
  • diagnostic radiologists
  • pathologists
  • dentists
  • prosthodontists
  • nurses
  • social workers
  • speech pathologists

Doctors and Providers