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Oral cancer includes cancer of lip, tongue, cheeks and other sites in the mouth. Ulcers lasting for longer than two weeks must be screened for oral cancer. Usually oral cancer is identified by sores or lumps in the mouth that do not heal.

Common causes

  • Tobacco use
  • High levels of alcohol consumption
  • Infectio with viruses such a HPV

Warning signs 

  • An ulcer or sore spot in the mouth that does not heal within two weeks
  • A white or red patch in the mouth
  • Difficulty eating or swallowing
  • Swelling of the jaws
  • A lump in the throat
  • Difficulty wearing dentures

How to prevent/manage

  • Quit smoking
  • Reduce the intake of alcohol
  • Eat a helthy balanced nutritious diet
  • Regular oral examination by a dentist