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Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancer Causes, Risk Factors, and Prevention

Learn about the risk factors for cancers of the oral cavity (mouth cancer) and oropharynx  (throat cancer) and what you might be able to do to help lower your risk.

Risk Factors

A risk factor is anything that increases your chance of getting a disease such as cancer. Learn more about the risk factors for oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer.


There's no way to prevent all oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers. But there are things you can do that might help lower your risk. Learn more here.