Mouth Cancer Risk Factors

17th November 2015 | Posted by: Nicky Phillips

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Tobacco
  • 2 in 3 mouth cancer cases are linked to smoking
  • Smokers are 3 x more likely to be diagnosed with mouth cancer
  • Incidence of throat cancer are 7 times higher in smokers
  • Ex-smokers reduce the risk by 1/3 – you can make a difference!
Alcohol
  • Drinking to excess is associated with 1/3 of mouth cancer
  • Moderation is the key
  • Smoking and drinking dramatically increases by up to 30 times –
  • Those in this category should have regular check-ups by a dentist
HPV
  • Human Papillomavirus
  • Increasingly being associated with mouth cancer
  • Transmitted through oral sex
  • Limiting the number of partners you have and safe sex reduces risk
Poor Diet
  • Poor diet is a contributory factor in up to 50% of mouth cancer cases
  • A good diet can reduce risk
  • Studies have shown that vegetables, fruit, Vitamin C & calcium,
  • Green  Tea, Caffeinated coffee all help reduce risk
Chewing Tobacco
  • Has twice as much nicotine as an average cigarette
  • Increases risk by as much as 4 times
  • Can cause heart problems and raise blood pressure
  • One can releases as much nicotine in your body as 60 cigarettes
Environmental / Secondary Smoke
  • Is a probable cause of mouth cased  for 15 years of more

 

Mouth Cancer Action Month 2015 All information from www.mouthcancer.org.  Please show your support







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