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“Most people don’t realize how simple it is to check for oral cancer. Just ask your doctor or dentist to perform a routine check.”


Director Family Institute of Westchester


Your Self chec Keeping Healthy Guide

During your regular checkup, have your dentist or doctor check your entire mouth for signs of cancer. Regular check-ups can detect the early stages of oral cancer or conditions that may lead to oral cancer.

Stopping high risk behaviors, that include cigarette, cigar or pipe smoking, use of smokeless tobacco and excessive use of alcohol is critical in preventing oral cancers.


What to do

Have regular dental check-ups. Your dentist should tell you how often. Also ask your doctor to check the inside of your mouth during your yearly check-up.


IMPORTANT: The information on the cancer pages of this site was culled by the director of Self chec and initially reviewed by the folks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on the newest information from the national cancer advisory organizations, including, but not limited to, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and American Cancer Society. We recognize that the national cancer advisory organizations sometimes do not agree about specific cancer guidelines, often making it confusing to the public about what to do. That is why we are asking you to err on the side of caution by always consulting a healthcare professional to advise you in the healthy choices you will make. Thank you.



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5 Comments to “Oral”

  1. Jose

    I’ve been using non-smoke/chewing tobacco for past 3 years. I tried to kick this habit a few times but my luck ran out everytime, longest was 2 months. Recently after seeing many cancer awareness programs I fear that I would also been affected. I regularly visit my dentist for cleaning/scaling of teeth and he has not found anything suspicious. For the past 2 weeks I’ve entirely kicked off using tobacco.

  2. Jeannie

    Hi. My daughter is 15 and last summer, while 14 years of age, she was diagnosed with malignant ameloblastoma inside her cheek (oral cancer). She is prone to getting cysts and had one removed earlier in 2013 on her tailbone. She had her braces taken out and within 2 weeks she was diagnosed with oral cancer. She had surgery and they were able to get the neoplasm out completely. It pulled her wisdom teeth out with it and it ate up almost all of bone in her cheek. Thank God it did not touch her jaw bone. She healed from this major surgery. How likely is she to get cancer again?

  3. joan

    Dear Jeannie,

    So glad to hear that your daughter’s oral cancer was detected early and treated. We are not doctors at Self chec so I can’t comment on your last question. I can only say “thank you” for sharing your story. Hopefully it will help someone who may hesitate in getting their self-chec. The best of luck going forward.

  4. Annette

    I am just home from having a partial glossectomy yesterday. I had tongue cancer. I had no risk factors, non-smoker, non drinker (only occasional, social), and HPV negative. I had what I thought was an ulcer under my tongue since October. When the ENT suggested a biopsy, I thought the results would be some strange viral infection. Not so, the biopsy showed squamous cell carcinoma.

    I am very lucky- there is no other involvement. My advise to everyone, if the mouth ulcer lasts more than 2 weeks, consult a professional.

  5. joan

    Hi Annette,

    So grateful that you have shared your experience with us and our readers and everything has worked out for you.

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