Oral cancer occurs on the inside of the mouth. Not all cases can be prevented, but the risk of developing it can be greatly reduced when taking steps to reduce these major risk factors that can cause oral cancer:
Excessive alcohol consumption. The American Cancer Society recommendsno more than 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women.
Tobacco product use in any form. Cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, and snuff are all linked to an increased risk for specific cancers.
Dietary deficiencies. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables as part of a whole-foods diet while limiting meat, especially the processed variety.
People who use both alcohol and tobacco are at an especially high risk of contracting oral cancer.
These substances are believed to interact in a way that increases each other’s harmful effects. In addition to preventing these high-risk behaviors and eating lots of fruits and vegetables, it’s important to see your dentist regularly for screenings. Early detection is key to increasing the survival rate.