The big C can affect anyone. It can occur because of many variables, for example: health, location, sex and job. Mouth cancer is on the increase around the world. It is one of the top ten commonly diagnosed cancers which affect nearly 8000 people in the UK every year. It can occur in any part of the mouth, tongue, lips and adjacent areas like the throat, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, sinus and other sites in the head and neck area.
There is no proven way to prevent mouth cancer. However, healthy living and sensible lifestyle choices can help reduce your chances of getting it.
It is important to:
Avoid tobacco use.
Avoid or limit alcohol consumption.
Have a healthier diet rich in vegetables and fruit.
Limit exposure to the sun.
Visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups.
Avoid casual sex as a high proportion of oropharyngeal cancers have been associated with HPV which is a sexually transmitted infection.
For further information check out the MouthCancer Foundation here.