Your risk for oral cancer greatly increases after age 44.
The median age at diagnosis is age 62, but could drop to as young as 52-56
because of the rise of HPV-related cases.
According to the American Cancer Society, 7 of 10 oral cancer patients are heavy drinkers. Heavy drinking, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is an average of two drinks a day or more for men and an average of more than one drink a day for women. If you are a heavy drinker and a heavy smoker, your chances of developing oral cancer increase significantly.
People who have jobs working outside are more prone to
developing lip cancer and should use UV protection.
Poor nutrition also may put you at risk for developing oral cancer. The ADA reports a diet low in fruits and vegetables may increase your chance of developing oral cancer, so add more color to your plate!