Limiting Your Risk of Oral Cancer
The best offense when considering the risk of oral cancer is a good defense, after all, it’s always easier to prevent cancer by limiting your risk factors than it is to treat a patient who has already developed it. It is in the hopes of preventing oral cancer that we at Scott P. Churchill, DMD have made this guide of do’s and don'ts to limit your risk of getting oral cancer.
Avoiding Tobacco and Alcohol
While it is well known that avoiding tobacco altogether is the best way to lower the risk of various kinds of cancer, many tobacco users resist quitting as they feel the damage, if any, has already been done. Even after many years of use however, the chances of cancer are greatly reduced by quitting the use of tobacco in its different forms.
An additional risk factor for oral cancer is the overconsumption of alcohol. If you drink at all, then it is best to limit consumption, as heavy drinking has also been linked to the development of cancer.
Protect Yourself from the California Sun
Another commonly acknowledged and easily avoidable risk factor is overexposure to ultraviolet light. UV light can be avoided by ensuring that you are appropriately attired for sunny weather conditions, such as wearing ball caps or wide-brimmed hats. Additionally, using lip-balm or lipstick with proper SPF can help you to avoid unnecessary UV damage. Be sure to reapply balms and lipsticks at the appropriate intervals so that they continue to provide UV protection too.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Properly balanced diets have also been linked to lowered risk of oral cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends opting for whole grain breads, pastas, and cereals instead of processed grains, as well as limiting the consumption of red meats in favor of fish, poultry, and beans.
Get Screened at Scott P. Churchill, DMD and Be Proactive
An essential step in combating oral cancer before it starts is regularly seeing your doctor, getting a screening before symptoms manifest, and treating related conditions such as leukoplakia. Screenings enables you to detect pre-cancerous conditions, as well as determining whether you have a genetic predisposition to oral cancer.
If you feel you may be susceptible to oral cancer, want to prevent it, or seek treatment for it, then schedule a screening with us at Scott P. Churchill, DMD. Patients come first at our Rancho Cordova, CA practice.