Facts About Oral Cancer Prevention & Early Detection


Who’s at Risk for Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer can happen to anyone. But there are certain risk factors that contribute to a higher incidence of oral cancer, including:

  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol use
  • Immune deficiencies
  • Human papilloma virus (HPV 16/18)


  • White and red spots in the mouth or lips
  • A sore or blister in the mouth that bleeds easily and does not heal
  • A color change in oral tissues
  • Difficulty in swallowing, speaking or chewing
  • Unexplained bleeding, pain or numbness in the mouth
  • A lump in the mouth or on the lip

What to Do:

  • If you have any of these symptoms, consult your dentist or physician

How to Prevent Oral Cancer:

  • Make appropriate lifestyle choices —reduce tobacco and alcohol consumption
  • Eat healthy
  • Maintain regular dental appointments


Source:  Levin Group, Inc.