Are You at Risk for Oral Cancer?

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Woman cryingCancer can strike anyone at anytime, even oral cancer.  However, if you are a male over the age of 55, you are twice as likely to develop oral cancer as a female of the same age.  As with any disease, there are certain risk factors we’ve outlined for you here that may increase your likelihood of developing oral cancer.

  • The risk of contracting oral cancer increases with age. More than two-thirds of those who have oral cancer are 55 years or older, and the average age of of those at diagnosis is 62.
  • Men are twice as likely than women to be diagnosed with oral cancer, perhaps because of their use of alcohol and tobacco – both major risk factors for oral cancer. As women who have used tobacco and alcohol age, the American cancer Society reports seeing more cases of women diagnosed with oral cancer.
  • Just like skin cancer, oral cancers are seen more frequently in those who work outside, or have prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light.
  • In case you needed more reasons to eat your veggies… diets low in fruits and vegetables have shown an increased risk for oral cancer.
  • We know that smoking is bad for your heart and lungs, but tobacco use is also a risk factor for oral cancer. Cigarettes and chewing tobacco can result in cancer of the mouth, cheeks, and gums.  If you need more reasons to stop smoking, take oral cancer into consideration.
  • Heavy alcohol consumption has been linked to oral cancer. If you drink and smoke, your risk may be 100% greater than someone who does not.

If you have a sore in your mouth that just won’t heal, a constant sore throat, problems chewing or swallowing, or red or white patches in your mouth you should be screened for oral cancer.  When caught early, oral cancer can be treated easily!

We have the latest and greatest technology to help detect oral cancer at its earliest stages.  If you are over the age of 55, or have used tobacco and alcohol regularly, give our offices a call for a consultation.