Oral Cancer Prevention & Early Detection

Oral cancer is a preventable disease and, if caught early, a cancer that can be beaten with the right treatment. Here is a list of ways to help prevent oral cancer as well as a list to aid with the early detection of the disease.

Oral Cancer Prevention

  • Don’t use tobacco in any form. If you use tobacco, quit.
  • Limit alcohol to no more than one drink a day if you’re a woman or two drinks a day if you’re a man.
  • Stay out of the sun, especially between 10 am and 4 pm when sunlight is strongest.
  • Always use lip balm with SPF 30 or higher.
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

Oral Cancer Early Detection

  • Have an oral cancer screening by your dentist at your regular check-up.
  • Look at your mouth in a mirror once a month. If you see something different, tell your dentist.