Lip cancer is the most common form of oral cancer, occurring most often in men. The most common type of lip cancer is squamous (SKWAY-mus) cell cancer, which has the ability to spread. Another type is basal cell cancer of the lip, which is unlikely to spread. Risk factors for lip cancer include using tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, pipes and smokeless), heavy alcohol use, having a sexually transmitted virus called human papillomavirus (HPV), having light-colored skin or being exposed to too much sun. When diagnosed early, lip cancer is highly curable.
Jun. 27, 2013