What is oral cavity?
Oral Cavity 
Different parts in your oral cavity
Gums and Teeth
Lining of cheeks
Floor of the mouth
Roof of the mouth (hard palate)
What is Oral Cancer?
Cancer occurring in the tissues of oral cavity (begins at the lips and extends backwards to the front part of the tonsils) or oropharynx (part of the throat) is termed as oral cancer.
Burden of the disease
India has one third of oral cancer cases in the world .
Oral cancer accounts for around 30% of all cancers in India .
Oral cancers in India estimated (Globocan, 2018) :
New cases: 1,19,992
In general, more men suffer and die from oral cancer than women .
Are there test for early detection?
Many cancers of the oral cavity have a long early pre-cancer period which provide during which they may have same symptoms. Early detection of these lesions is possible during routine general health check-ups/screening by doctors/dentists/health workers (oral visual examination) or by oral self-examination.
Oral Self Examination
You can examine your mouth yourself by looking at your mouth with the help of mirror in bright light, for early detection of oral cancers.
Procedure for oral self- examination 
- Wash your hands thoroughly
- Explore your mouth with your finger
- Tilt your head back; examine the roof of your mouth for any abnormal thickening.
- Pull the cheeks on one side at a time, inspect the inner surface and back of the gums.
- Pull out your tongue and hold it with finger upwards, inspect and feel the floor of the mouth and look carefully at the tongue.
- Feel on both sides of the neck for any lump or enlarged lymph nodes.
- If you detect any abnormality, bring it to the notice of your doctor for further evaluation.