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Oral Cancer (Mouth Cancer) Prevention 

Nearly 95% of cancers of the oral cavity are caused by alcohol and smoking, therefore, to prevent oral cancer, it is recommended to stop smoking and drinking alcohol. It is necessary to stop as soon as possible because alcohol-smoking intoxication may take about twenty-five to thirty years before transforming healthy cells into cancer cells.  

Other mesthods to prevent oral cancer include: 

 

  • avoid or limit sun exposure  
  • consult your dentist regularly, about every six months  
  • consult your physician / dentist if you have lesions in your mouth 
  • maintain a healthy weight; 
  • reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals  
  • reduce your exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation 
  • exercise regularly 
  • practice safe sex
  • keep your immune system healthy
  • Adopt a healthy diet: a diet containing 5 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day may help prevent occurrence of many cancers including oral cancer. Increase the following foods in your diet: 

a)    avocados 

b)    blueberries 

c)    black Raspberries 

d)    curcumin  

e)    flax 

f)    garlic 

g)    papaya 

h)    pomegranate juice 

i)     tomatoes 

j)     soy products  

k)    grapefruits, oranges and other citrus fruits 

l)     Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage).  

 

 

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