The Cancer Treatment Centers of America says “every oral cancer patient is different,” and that being said, there are a variety of oral cancers. However, the most common is called , which affects the cells that line the throat and mouth.
Other types include verrucous carcinoma, “a type of very slow-growing cancer made up of squamous cells,” explains the source. There are also oral cancers that can affect the salivary glands as well as lymph tissues (contained in the base of the tongue and tonsils). Non-cancerous tumors can also form in the mouth, which can be surgically removed.