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You should see your provider right away if you experience any of these common symptoms of oral cancer:
Research has identified factors that may increase the risk of mouth cancer:
• Tobacco use of any kind, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and snuff.
• Drinking alcohol heavily
• Sun exposure to your lips
• Human papillomavirus (HPV)
• A weakened immune system
Yes, a dentist can identify the early signs of oral cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, many pre-cancers and oral cancers can be detected through routine screening exams by dentists, dental hygienists and even self-exams.
No, kissing cannot spread oral cancer. It is not contagious, so it cannot spread to another person through any means like kissing or sharing eating utensils.
In the U.S., oral cancer most often occurs in the tongue.