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Oral Cancer Prevention

Regular checkups that include an examination of the entire mouth can detect precancerous conditions or the early stages of oral cancer. Your doctor and dentist should check the tissues in your mouth as part of your routine exam. The Dental Oncology operates an oral cancer screening program that provides timely consultation and biopsy service to concerned professionals and their patients.

  • Regular dental checkups, including a full-mouth examination are the best method of screening for mouth cancers.
  • The oral cancer screening program through the department of dental oncology works with dentists and physicians to prevent the development of oral cancer, and to detect it at the earliest possible stage.

  • Most mouth cancers can be prevented. Tobacco and alcohol use are the major risk factor for developing mouth cancer. Don’t start smoking or chewing tobacco products.
  • If you smoke, quit. If you chew tobacco, stop. This will reduce your risk, even after years of use.
  • If you drink alcohol, limit your intake.
  • Patients who are cured of mouth cancer are more likely to develop a second cancer if they continue to use tobacco and alcohol. Even if you are diagnosed with a mouth cancer, quitting tobacco and alcohol can reduce the possibility of the cancer happening again.
  • If you work outdoors, use sunscreen on your lips, and protect your face by wearing a broad-brimmed hat.
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables. The Canada Food Guide recommends eating 7-10 servings each day.
  • Visit your dentist regularly.
Contact Us

Health Sciences North
Ramsey Lake Health Centre
Shirley & Jim Fielding Northeast Cancer Centre, Level 1
41 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 5J1

Phone: 705-522-6237

Hours: 6:30am – 4:30pm