In 2011, close to 37,000 Americans are projected to be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer. 66% of the time, these will be found as late stage three and four disease. It will cause over 8,000 deaths. Of those 37,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in five years. Similar survival estimates are reported from other countries. For example, five-year relative survival for oral cavity cancer patients in Germany is about 55%.  Survival rates of patients diagnosed with oral cancer have not significantly improved in decades. The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cervical cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, endocrine system cancers such as thyroid, and skin cancer (malignant melanoma). If the definition of oral cancer is expanded to include cancer of the larynx, for which the risk factors are the same, the numbers of diagnosed cases grow to approximately 50,000 individuals, and 13,500 deaths per year in the .. Worldwide, the problem is much greater, with over 640,000 new cases being found each year. 
@rundocuri- Another important tip to follow prior to oral surgery is to watch your diet. If your doctor tells you not to eat certain types of foods, listen to him. You could end up compromising your results, breaking a stitch, or causing bleeding by eating hard, crunchy foods while you are healing.
Post 2 @rundocuri- I agree with you totally, and learned this important lesson the hard way. One time following a tooth extraction, I didn't finish the antibiotics my doctor prescribed and ended up with an oral infection. It is very important to always take antibiotics as prescribed following oral surgery. Rundocuri
Post 1 I have had several types of oral surgery, from wisdom teeth removal to maxillofacial surgery to dental implants. The results are usually very pleasing, but it is important to follow doctors' orders very closely to achieve these results. These orders always include not smoking, taking prescribed medications, and getting plenty of rest during the healing process. Post your comments Post Anonymously Please enter the code:
While some think this is a rare cancer, mouth cancers will be newly diagnosed in about 132 new individuals each day in the US alone, and a person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day. If you add the sub category of laryngeal throat cancers, the rates of occurrence (about 12,000 additional new cases per year) and death are significantly higher. When found at early stages of development, oral cancers have an 80 to 90 % survival rate. Unfortunately at this time, the majority are found as late stage cancers, and this accounts for the very high death rate of about 43% at five years from diagnosis (for all stages and etiologies combined at time of diagnosis), and high treatment related morbidity in survivors. Late stage diagnosis is not occurring because most of these cancers are hard to discover, (though some like HPV origin disease have unique discovery issues), it is because of a lack of public awareness coupled with the lack of a national program for opportunistic screenings which would yield early discovery by medical and dental professionals. Worldwide the problem is far greater, with new cases annually exceeding 640,000.