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Oral Cancer Risk Factors

A man smoking and drinking Smoking and drinking can increase your risk factors for oral cancer.

There is no way to know for sure if you're going to get oral cancer. Certain factors can make you more likely than someone else to get it. These are called risk factors. However, just because you have one or more risk factors doesn't mean you will get oral cancer. In fact, you can have all the risk factors and still not get it. Or you can have no known risk factors and get it.

If you agree with any of the following bolded statements, you are at an increased risk for oral cancer. Each time you agree with the statement, ask yourself if you are doing all you can to control that risk factor. It may seem hard, but your efforts can have a big payoff in terms of your health and quality of life. Ask your doctors and family and friends to help you think of ways you can lower your risk of oral cancer.

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