Research has shown that people with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop oral cancer. A risk factor is anything that increases your chance of developing a disease. The following are risk factors for oral cancer: Tobacco (which accounts for most oral cancers); Alcohol; Sun exposure; and Personal history of head and neck cancer; Recent studies also suggest that certain viruses (such as the human papillomavirus) are linked to oral cancer. If you think you are at risk, you should discuss this concern with your dentist or your doctor.

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