New Analysis is Cause for Concern
A new Cancer Research UK analysis says that the incidence of mouth or oral cancer has been on the rise in the last 20 years. While it is more common in men, it’s seen affecting both sexes now, the young and old. When it used to be 8 cancers occurring per 100,000 population, it’s now 13 per 100,000 over the last 2 decades.
The jump in numbers is quite significant, and alarming. For men under 50, there was a 67 percent rise in mouth cancer in the last 20 years; for men 50 and above, 59 percent. For women in both age brackets, the increase was identical at 71 percent.
Smoking was the biggest risk factor. It’s avoidable and controllable and a lifestyle link in 9 out of 10 cases, attributed to 65 percent of cases. Excessive alcohol consumption, fruit- and vegetable-poor diets, and the HPV, or Human Papilloma Virus are other known risk factors. It is pretty obvious how you can counter or decrease your risk for this type of cancer.
A lifestyle change is in order to avert this cancer ever happening to you. When you say mouth cancer, this can involve the tongue, lips, palate, gums, and the middle throat.
A trained dentist’s eye can spot the signs of cancer in the mouth via careful and thorough examination.
Ruling Out Mouth Cancer
Have you gone to your dentist and placed yourself under a thorough oral examination? You may or may not have the known risk factors but still, it is best to check yourself out and be given a clean bill of mouth health. Call for an appointment with Dr. Jamie Lee at Smile Art in Seattle today.