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Oral Cancer Prevention

There isn’t a proven way to prevent mouth cancer, but there are certain things that put you at greater risk, including:

  • Tobacco products, including snuff and chewing tobacco
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Combined use of alcohol and tobacco
  • Areca nut products, such as betel quid
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection
  • Prolonged exposure to the sun or tanning beds (lip cancer)