210 Martin Luther King
Jr. Blvd, Room 507
Madison, WI 53703
TEL: (608) 266-4821
FAX: (608) 266-4858 WI Relay Service
Email: Public Health
Each year, more than 30,000 people in the United States develop oral cancer. It is important to find oral cancer early and get the necessary treatment. Regular dental check ups that include a cancer screening by your dentist is critical.
A sore in the mouth that does not heal
A lump or thickening in the cheek
A white or red patch on the gums tongue, or lining of the mouth
Soreness 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 area of the mouth
Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable
Advice on Preventing Oral Cancer
Avoid tobacco use: Tobacco use accounts for 80-90% of oral cancers, but people who stop using tobacco-even after many years of use can greatly reduce their risk of oral cancer.
Avoid chronic or heavy use of alcohol: Alcohol use increases the risk of oral cancer, but people who use both alcohol and tobacco are at much higher risk.
Avoid exposure to the sun: Cancer of the lip can be caused by harmful sun rays. Use lip balm with sunscreen.
Avoid smoking a pipe: Pipe smokers are also at risk for lip cancer.
Maintain regular dental check-ups with screening for oral cancer.
Get the HPV Vaccine: The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that about 60% of all oropharyngeal cancers are linked to HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). It is possible that HPV vaccines might also prevent oropharyngeal cancers.