CORONAVIRUS ALERT: Any symptoms of fever, cough, difficulty breathing AND travel to high risk areas(China, Italy, Iran and South Korea) in last 14 days or if you have been in close contact with someone who has traveled to these areas. NOTIFY YOUR PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY! 

After much consideration, and in an effort to protect the well-being of our community, we have made a decision to implement caregiver and visitor limitations at all MOH clinics that include:

  • No Visitors are allowed in the clinics
  • Only 1 caregiver can accompany a patient in the practice if they have no upper respiratory symptoms - upper respiratory symptoms include: a cough, fever of 101.1 and above, nasal congestion, runny nose or sore throat
  • Children age 15 or younger are not allowed in the clinic until further notice 

The health and safety of our MOH patients and staff is our top priority. We recognize that these visitor limitations may cause concerns, so if you feel you have a special circumstance, please notify the front desk so a manager can discuss your situation.Visitors with flu-like symptoms are not permitted to visit our offices in order to protect patients and staff.

The following offices, Wheaton and Germantown have consolidated to our Rockville & Bethesda locations. In addition, our Mt. Airy office has consolidated to our Frederick location.

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Lip Cancer & Oral Cancer Overview

Each year in the United States, more than 21,000 men and 9,000 women are diagnosed with lip and oral cancer. Lip and oral cancer is a type of cancer that forms in tissues of the lips, oral cavity (the mouth) or the oropharynx (the part of the throat at the back of the mouth). Most patients diagnosed with this disease are over 60 years old.

The oral cavity includes the following:

  • Lips
  • Teeth
  • Hard palate (the roof of the mouth)
  • Gingiva (gums)
  • Retromolar trigone (the small area behind the wisdom teeth)
  • The front two-thirds of the tongue
  • Buccal mucosa (the lining of the inside of the cheeks)
  • Floor (bottom) of the mouth under the tongue
  • Tonsils
  • Soft palate and uvula (the muscle back portion of the roof of the mouth)
  • Salivary glands (glands that make saliva)

Risk Factors for Lip and Oral Cancers

Tobacco and alcohol use are the two main factors that seem to affect the risk of developing lip and oral cavity cancer. Most patients diagnosed with this disease are over 60 years old. Always consult your doctor if you think you may be at risk for cancer.

Risk factors for lip and oral cavity cancer include the following:

  • Using tobacco products of any type
  • Heavy alcohol use
    • For women: having more than three drinks on any day or more than seven drinks per week
    • For men: have more than four drinks on any day or more than 14 drink per week
  • Overexposure to natural sunlight or artificial sunlight (such as from tanning beds) without UV protection
  • Being male
  • Being infected with human papillomavirus (HPV)

If you have risk factors it does not mean that you will definitely develop cancer. And at the same time, having no risk factors present is not a guarantee that you won't develop a type of lip or oral cancer. That’s why it’s important to know how to spot signs and symptoms.

Visit the National Cancer Institute where this information and more can be found about lip and oral cancer or ask your cancer care team questions about your individual situation.

Lo que usted necesita saber sobre el cáncer del del labio y la cavidad oral.