Are You Likely to Get Oral Cancer?

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shutterstock_98635421Oral cancer is among the least of the things we would want to experience, yet anyone can be at risk of having the disease. It is an unusual growth of cysts, tumors, or soreness in the mouth that just does not disappear. This medical condition can be life-threatening especially if undiagnosed or not properly treated during its early stages.

The question is: are you at risk for oral cancer? Know if you are at risk for oral cancer and seek immediate treatment here at Dr. Sultan’s oral surgery practice in Fort Lauderdale.

Gender

According to a research done by the American Cancer Society, males have a higher risk for developing oral cancer than females. Men who are 50 years old and above tend to have the greatest risk.

Smoking

Smoking is a habit that triggers a wide variety of medical conditions – including oral cancer. Researchers have found out that people who are frequently exposed to cigarettes and pipes are six times more likely to develop oral cancer than those who do not smoke.

Even those who do not smoke tobacco but take in quite a hefty amount of it through chewing, dipping, or snuffing, are a whopping 50 times more likely to get cancers of the gums, cheek, and lining of the lips.

Alcohol

Too much consumption of alcohol can get you in trouble and lead to oral cancer. Individuals who excessively drink alcohol are six times more likely to acquire the condition than those who do not drink alcoholic beverages.

However, it is important to note that about 25% of those who develop oral cancer are not males, do not smoke, and do not drink alcohol excessively. Thus, it is important to talk with an oral cancer expert and undergo routine evaluation in case there are changes within your oral cavity. Call us today at 954-771-8772 to request a consultation with Dr. Sultan and learn more about how you can stay away from oral cancer.