By knowing the causes of mouth cancer, we can take positive steps to reduce our own level of risk, says a leading health charity.
The Oral Health Foundation is raising awareness about the causes of mouth cancer, following new research that shows far too many people remain unaware of the main risk factors.
The number of people diagnosed with mouth cancer in the UK has doubled in the last 20 years, with tobacco, drinking alcohol to excess and the human papillomavirus, being the considered the most common causes.
However, new data shows that awareness into the three big risk factors is as low as 15%.
With more than half of all mouth cancer cases linked to lifestyle factors, the charity along with Denplan, part of Simplyhealth, are using November’s Mouth Cancer Action Month to shed light on the biggest risks factors associated with the disease.
Smoking tobacco increases your risk of developing mouth cancer by up to ten times. This includes smoking cigarettes, pipe…