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Know The Risks of Oral Cancer

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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

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 or physician immediately.
Early detection and treatment raises recovery rates.