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Perhaps the most unpleasant thing about any cancer is the fact that you really have almost no control over whether or not you’ll get it. With other health problems, you can usually do a lot to stay away from them.

However, oral cancer is one of the few cancers that has a short list of risk factors – and factors that can be controlled, to some extent. You still have to fight genetics and other issues to avoid oral cancer, but the team at Paul R Sommers DDS in Watertown, Wisconsin has a few tips to help you identify and mitigate risk factors.

Risk factors
If you have a long family history of oral cancer or even a recent one, that’s reason enough to work on decreasing risk factors. One of the best things you can do is to make sure you’re vigilant about your six-month checkups. Part of a standard cleaning is an oral cancer screening. Early signs are fairly obvious to trained professionals, but you’re also encouraged to share everything that may concern you.

The other way to decrease your risk is to practice great oral health. Avoiding any kind of gum infection, disease, or other problems greatly reduces your risk of oral cancer.

Early warning signs
Some of the most common early warning signs include lumps forming in your mouth, white-and-red speckled spots anywhere in your mouth, and a chronic sore throat. These are problems that shouldn’t ever be ignored.

Dr. Paul Sommers and our team don’t want to see you suffer from oral cancer. Give us a call today at 920-261-5110 so we can make sure you having nothing to worry about.