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BY Cynthia DeMarco

Gum disease is far more common than any type of gum cancer. 

But how do you know if you have gingivitis, periodontitis or cancer?

We went to head and neck surgeon Ryan Goepfert, M.D. Here’s what he shared about how to distinguish gum cancer from other common conditions, as well as what causes it and when to seek help.

What does gum cancer look and feel like? How does it differ from gingivitis and periodontitis...

Young person with eyes closed holding a drawing of cartoon gum cancer in front of her mouth

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Chest pain, shortness of breath and a persistent cough can all be symptoms of lung cancer.

But they can also be signs of other conditions...

BY Heather Alexander

Beating a nicotine addiction is one of the toughest things a person can do, but it can be one of the best things for your health. Nicotine...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Roughly 85% of all lung cancer diagnoses are caused by smoking. But what does smoking actually do to your lungs? 

Does the lung damage start from your very first puff or vape, or only after years of a pack-a-day habit? How long does it take your body to recover once you stop smoking? And is the lung damage caused by smoking temporary or permanent? 

We asked tobacco treatment expert and addiction specialist Maher...

Pink paper cut-out of lungs and trachea, with fire burning a hole through one and leaving charred paper around the edges

BY Danielle Underferth and Meagan Raeke

Cigarette smoking has been on the decline for years. But menthol cigarettes are one segment of the tobacco market that has remained strong...

BY Carol Groskreutz

I was just 11 when I started smoking in the 1980s. Finding cigarettes was easy. My mom was a smoker, and when she reached the end of a pack...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Most people who are diagnosed with throat cancer won’t see anything unusual if they look in the mirror, open their mouths and say, “Ahhhh....

BY Meagan Raeke

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women, and the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. Yet, there are still...

BY Meagan Raeke

As a child, researcher Surendranath Shastri, M.D., D.Ph., worshiped his dad. “He was a lifetime smoker, so I thought it was cool to smoke,...

BY Meagan Raeke

As a former competitive CrossFit athlete, Katherine Norman sees herself as a healthy person. Over the last year, she also saw herself as a...