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Early Detection Saves Lives

It’s important to find oral cancer Early – before it has time to spread. The survival rate is much better or those whose cancer has not spread to other parts of the body.

    • A white or red patch in the mouth
    • A sore, irritation, lump, or thickening in the mouth
    • Hoarseness, or a feeling that something is caught in the throat
    • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
    • Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
    • Numbness of the tongue or other areas of the mouth
    • Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable.


See Your dentist or physician if any of the above  symptoms last for more than two weeks.



  • Do not use tobacco products – cigarettes, chew or snuff, pipes, or cigars.
  • If you drink alcohol, do so only in moderation
  • Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables (research suggests this might lower the risk of oral cancer)


A head and neck exam should be a routine part of your dental visit. Ask your dentist or physician to do the exam at least once a year.