Be a non-smoker
People who smoke cigarettes, cigars or pipes are at increased risk, as they are more than three times more likely to develop mouth cancers than non-smokers.
Avoid chewing tobacco or betel nut
People who chew tobacco or betel nut (areca nut, found in gutkha, betel quid or paan) are at higher risk of developing mouth cancer.
Cut down on alcohol
The less alcohol you drink, the lower the risk of developing mouth cancer.
Eat your 5-a-day
Try and eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetable every day because it may help to reduce the risk of developing mouth cancer. Make sure you choose a variety of different coloured fruit and vegetables because it will mean you take in a large range of vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy.
To reduce the risk of developing mouth cancer, quit smoking, chewing tobacco or betel nut, cut down on alcohol and get you 5-a-day.
There is help and advice available to help you to stop smoking or chewing tobacco, talk to your doctor or contact NHS Smokefree or Asian Quitline. And check nhs.uk/Change4Life for advice on other healthy changes.[clear-line]