Who are at high risk for oral cancer?

April 19, 2018

We wanted to take a moment to write a blog that would help inform our patients about all the recognized risk factors for oral cancer. The risk factors are many, but we felt it would be important for our patients to get an understanding for some of the major indicators of risk for oral cancer.

1. Tobacco use – Tobacco use is the #1 risk factor for the development of oral cancer. Smokers are many times more likely than non-smokers to develop oral cancer. Tobacco smoke from cigarettes, cigars, or pipes can cause cancers anywhere in the mouth or throat. Snuff, dip, spit, chew, or dissolvable tobacco are linked with cancers of the cheek, gums, and inner surface of the lips.

2. Heavy alcohol consumption – Frequently drinking large amounts of alcohol has led to oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers.

3. Gender – Studies have shown that men are 2 times as likely to develop oral cancer than women. This is in part due to the lifestyle behaviors of men to smoking and alcohol use.

4. High levels of exposure to ultra violet light – People that work outdoor should be mindful of using a lip balm with high ultra violet protection. People that have careers outdoors have shown a higher likelihood of developing lip cancers.

5. Weakened immune systems – People that have an auto immune virus or disorder, are also at higher risk for developing oral cancer.

Please contact us for your comprehensive oral cancer screening if you fall into any of the risk factors mentioned above. We’re ready to catch this condition early and work with your physician to fight oral cancer early on!

Margaret Wu DDS. / Jennifer Wu DDS.

Who are at high risk for oral cancer?
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