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Know The Risks of Oral Cancer Tuesday, 07 April 2015

According to the American Cancer Society, over 35,000 Americans have oral cancer. While the risks are higher if you are a male, over the age of 35, or have a history of other cancers, there are some lifestyle habits that increase anyone’s risk.

Don’t use tobacco

Up to 90% of patients with oral cancers use tobacco, and the risk increases with the amount smoked or chewed. Quitting smoking and chewing tobacco will lower your risk, even after years of use.

Moderate your drinking

About 75% to 80% of all patients with oral cancer drink alcohol frequently.

Limit your exposure to sunlight. More than 30% of patients with cancers of the lip have outdoor jobs associated with prolonged exposure to sunlight.

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables

A diet low in these natural antioxidants is associated with an increased risk of developing cancer of the oral cavity.

Know the signs

If you have a sore in your mouth that doesn’t heal easily or is always bleeding, or a pain in the mouth or ear, see your dentist in Highland Heights or physician immediately. Early detection and treatment raises recovery rates.