Oral Cancer Prevention

Almost 46,000 cases of oral and pharyngeal cancers are diagnosed each year in the U.S. More than 8,650 people die from them annually. 

What puts you at higher risk of oral cancer? 

  • Smoking or chewing any tobacco products
  • Drinking an average of 3 or more alcoholic beverages per day
  • Infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV)
  • Excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning aids on the lips 

How can you lower your risk for developing oral cancer? 

  • Don’t smoke (or quit smoking)
  • Don’t chew tobacco products
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Get the HPV vaccine
  • Protect your lips from excessive sun exposure by seeking shade, wearing a large-brimmed hat, and using lip applications with SPF 15 or greater
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables 

How can you help ensure early detection for more effective treatment? 

  • See your dentist or doctor regularly and request a check for abnormalities that may indicate pre-cancer or cancer
  • Have suspicious spots biopsied
  • There are no regular screening tests for these cancers 

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Central Florida Black Nurses Association

Central Florida Black Nurses Association

Investigating, defining and implementing change in the minority community by utilizing their professional skills to motivate consumers to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Center for Multicultural Wellness & Prevention

Center for Multicultural Wellness & Prevention

501(c) 3 organization offering non-clinical, culturally and linguistically sensitive outreach services to diverse populations in Central Florida.

Cancer Alliance of Marion County

Cancer Alliance of Marion County

Communications network for cancer care professionals, patients, their families and survivors.

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Body Check Journal

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American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society

A nationwide voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer.

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