The Effects Of Oral Cancer

Harry Salinas, Plastic Surgeon at Miami Cancer Institute, explains oral cancer starts at the lining of the mouth and as the tumor grows and progresses in stage, it starts to invade the nearby structures and often the jawbone is involved. "This would create a defect in the mandible, so there would be a bony defect that would need to be reconstructed. It would create a defect probably in the oral lining so there would be a soft tissue defect that needs to be reconstructed," he says.

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