What is gum cancer?

Gum cancer is a type of oral cancer that grows on the surface of the gums. It is more common in men and people over age 40.

What are the symptoms of gum cancer?

Symptoms of gum cancer may include:

  • A sore that does not go away
  • A white or red patch on the gums
  • Bleeding gums

How is gum cancer treated?

Treatment for gum cancer may include:

  • Surgery to remove the cancer.
  • Chemotherapy or radiation therapy to kill the cancer cells.

What are the risk factors for gum cancer?

Risk factors for gum cancer include:

  • Having human papilloma virus (HPV)
  • Using tobacco products
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol use