The oral microbiome and oral cancer

Clin Lab Med. 2014 Dec;34(4):711-9. doi: 10.1016/j.cll.2014.08.004. Epub 2014 Sep 15.


The role that bacteria play in the etiology and predisposition to cancer is of increasing interest, particularly since the development of high-throughput genetic-based assays. With this technology, it has become possible to comprehensively examine entire microbiomes as a functional entity. This article focuses on the understanding of bacteria and its association with oral squamous cell carcinoma.

Keywords: Carcinogenesis; HOMIM; Oral microbiome; Oral squamous cell carcinoma.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Drinking
  • Humans
  • Microbiota*
  • Mouth Mucosa / microbiology
  • Mouth Neoplasms / microbiology*
  • Smoking