According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, close to 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. This disease will cause close to 10,000 deaths or what is equivalent to one death per hour. Approximately 57% of newly diagnosed patients will live longer than five years. The death rate of oral cancer is significantly higher than other forms of cancer. Oral cancer affects the oral cavity which includes your lips, cheeks, gums, portions of your tongue, and the floor and the roof of your mouth. It can also affect the throat or pharynx which includes the soft part of the roof of the mouth up to the back of the throat.