How To Lower Your Risks of Oral Cancer

oral cancer month Oral cancer affects over 54,000 Americans each year, and the number is rising. While some cases are not preventable, there are controllable risk factors you can learn about to reduce your chances of being diagnosed. Your oral health matters to us — please contact the office of Dr. Steven Holbrook in Albuquerque, NM, if you have any questions.

Top Oral Cancer Risks

Oral cancer is most commonly caused by tobacco use, but heavy alcohol consumption and the human papillomavirus (HPV) can also be contributing factors. HPV is estimated to cause up to 70% of oral cancer cases in the United States.

Some patients also develop oral cancer due to genetics. Men are three times more likely than women to develop some form of oral or oropharyngeal cancer.

Lowering Your Risks for Oral Cancer

There are several steps you can take to reduce the risk of oral cancer, such as:

  • Schedule regular dental exams (twice per year is recommended)
  • Avoid tobacco and alcohol consumption, including e-cigarettes
  • Practice good oral hygiene to limit the growth of harmful bacteria
  • Get vaccinated against HPV if you can
  • Limit sun exposure and wear lip balm with SPF 30
  • Lead an active lifestyle with regular exercise
  • Eat a healthy diet

Furthermore, consulting with an experienced dentist like Dr. Holbrook can help you identify appropriate modifications. He can help you recognize any risks you may have and develop a swift plan of action to help you lower your oral cancer risks.

Regular screenings and practicing good oral health are two of the most important actions you can do to prevent oral cancer. Although it may not be avoidable in every case, early detection dramatically increases treatability and positive outcomes for patients.

Schedule an Oral Cancer Screening in Albuquerque, NM

Visit Dr. Steven Holbrook and our team for a comprehensive dental exam at our office in Albuquerque. Dr. Holbrook has practiced dentistry since 1984 and is a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), among other prestigious affiliations.

You can reach us at 505-881-1159 or complete our online contact form to arrange an appointment.

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