07/19/2015  |  
Posted in oral cancer
What Can You Do to Protect Yourself From Oral Cancer?
  • Quit tobacco, which is unsafe in any form. Free help is available.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables while avoiding preserved meats — which, like tobacco, contain nitrosamines.
  • Avoid risky sexual behavior. Oral cancer cases among young people are increasing because of a particular strain of the human papilloma virus (HPV-16), which can be transmitted through oral sex.
  • Visit your dentist regularly. Oral cancer screenings are part of all routine dental checkups.
  • If you notice any unusual bumps, sores or other changes in your mouth or throat, make an appointment with your dentist or doctor immediately. The survival rate for oral cancer goes up dramatically the sooner the disease is treated.

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