How a Healthy Diet Could Lower Your Risk of Oral Cancer

Posted on: June 18, 2019

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Wondering if food could lower your risk of oral cancer? By making healthy food choices, you may lower your risk of being diagnosed with oral cancer. Ready to learn more?

Looking for ways to lower your risk of oral cancer? While this type of cancer is treatable in its earliest stages, avoiding a diagnosis altogether is always preferred. So what can someone do to help prevent themselves from being diagnosed with oral cancers? They can choose to eat healthy foods. A healthy diet is very important when it comes to maintaining one’s health, helping in the prevention of disorders, disease and cancers.

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, the death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development.

Preventing oral cancer

Learning more about oral cancer prevention helps lower one’s chances of being diagnosed. When someone understands what causes oral cancer and what they can do to prevent it, they are much less likely to be diagnosed with cancer of the tongue, mouth and/or tonsils. Consuming an overall healthy diet is a large part of prevention, as many foods contain chemo-protective agents, anti-oxidants and phytochemicals. These types of foods help defend the body’s cells from becoming damaged by outside forces.

Healthy food choices

Some of the healthiest foods to eat are fruits, vegetables and leafy greens. The following is a list of foods that contain chemo-protective agents, anti-oxidants and/or phytochemicals, of which all help to lower one’s risk of oral cancer.


Recommended fruits include blueberries, strawberries, goji berries, apples, oranges, lemons, pink grapefruit, pears, celery, cantaloupe and apricots. These fruits are also high in carotenoids, further helping to protect against cancers of the mouth. Eating between three and four cups of fruit every day is suggested in order to reap the full benefits.


Recommended vegetables include artichokes, onions, garlic, spinach, broccoli, Bok choy, brussels sprouts, turnips and tomatoes. Eating these vegetables in their raw state vs. cooked allows for the highest consumption of vitamins and minerals. Eating three cups of vegetables every day is optimal to experience the anti-oxidants these healthy vegetables provide.

Leafy greens

Recommended leafy greens include sprouts, radish, kale, watercress and cauliflower. Leafy greens contain a high amount of phytochemicals and are therefore known for their ability to reduce one’s odds of being diagnosed with oral cancer. It is recommended that leafy greens be eaten five to six times a week in order to experience the benefits.

When is the last time you had an oral cancer screening?

Are you overdue for an oral cancer screening? If it has been more than one year since your last screening, then we invite you contact us now for an appointment. This important evaluation is necessary and by your making an appointment today, you are taking control of your good oral health. Just let us know what a convenient time for you to come in is, so we can get you scheduled in at that time.

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