BY Ann Gillenwater, M.D.

As director of MD Anderson’s Oral Cancer Prevention Clinic, I see many patients each year with both oral cancers and pre-cancerous conditions. Squamous cell carcinoma accounts for about 95% of oral cancers, which, unlike oropharyngeal cancers, are not related to the human papillomavirus (HPV).

One thing I’ve noticed is how many patients express the same reasons for not having their oral lesions looked at sooner. None of them are...

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