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Can you prevent tongue cancer?

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Many cases of base-of-the-tongue cancer are caused by HPV. To lower your odds of getting this type of cancer:

  • Get vaccinated for HPV if you aren't sexually active.
  • Use condoms every time you have sex if you are sexually active.
  • Don’t use tobacco in any form.
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation.
  • Take good care of your teeth and gums.
  • If you wear dentures, make sure they fit right.

From: Tongue Cancer Facts WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 09, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 09/09/2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society, “Can oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers be prevented?”

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions, “Tongue Cancer.”

Mount Sinai Hospital, “Tongue Cancer.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders, “Tongue Cancer.”

The Oral Cancer Foundation, “Facts.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 09, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society, “Can oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers be prevented?”

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions, “Tongue Cancer.”

Mount Sinai Hospital, “Tongue Cancer.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders, “Tongue Cancer.”

The Oral Cancer Foundation, “Facts.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 09, 2018

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