We covered oral cancer screening and oral cancer symptoms below. But what sort of risks can increase the possibility of oral cancer? Below are the leading risks associated with it. Most are likely not very surprising:
- Smoking Cigarette, cigar, or pipe smokers are six times more likely than nonsmokers to develop oral cancers.
- Smokeless tobacco users. Users of dip, snuff, or chewing tobacco products are 50 times more likely to develop cancers of the cheek, gums, and lining of the lips.
- Excessive consumption of alcohol. Oral cancers are about six times more common in drinkers than in nondrinkers.
- Family history of cancer.
- Excessive sun exposure, especially at a young age.
Remember, those sorts of behaviors or conditions increase the chance of oral cancer but also remember 25% of all oral cancers occur in people who do not smoke and who only drink alcohol occasionally.
That’s why it is important to lower the risk factors, know the symptoms and do periodic screenings for the disease.
If we can answer any further questions about oral cancer, don’t hesitate to call us. We’ll be glad to discuss it and attempt to answer any of your questions.