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*       The risk factors for oral cancer include tobacco use (in any form), drinking alcohol, and HPV (human papilloma virus).

*       Be on the lookout of any changes in your mouth that last for more than two weeks, especially if you smoke or drink. These signs include a white or red patch in your mouth or a sore, irritation or lump in your mouth, lip or throat.

*       An oral cancer exam is quick, easy, and could save your life.

*       Detecting oral cancer early is key to minimizing its harms.

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Get Well Wednesday: Oral Cancer and African-American Men  was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

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