Heavy Drinking and Risk of Oral Cancer

Heavy Drinking and Risk of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is one of the most common cancers that affect men across the globe. More than 60 percent of people with oral cancer are diagnosed only when the condition has progressed to its advanced stages. Oral cancer refers to cancers that affect the lip, tongue, palate or tonsils. Several factors may increase your risk of developing this potentially life-threatening cancer.

  1.  SmokingSmokers are more likely to develop oral cancer than other people are.
  2.  HPV infectionHuman papilloma virus is an extremely common sexually transmitted infection that has been linked to oral cancer.
  3.  Heavy drinkingExcessive alcohol use has been linked to oral cancer.

Those who drink heavily and smoke have been discovered to be at the greatest risk. In fact, the combination of drinking and smoking has been determined to increase your risk of developing oral cancer by 100 times. Men are twice as likely as women to be diagnosed with oral cancer.

A 2003 study also indicated that heavy drinkers were also more likely to suffer other dental health problems, including periodontal disease and cavities. Avoiding tobacco altogether and enjoying alcohol in moderation may be able to help reduce your risk of these dental health conditions and oral cancer.

Our dentist in North Hollywood offers oral cancer screening options that can detect abnormalities or lesions that may require further examination or biopsies. If you are diagnosed with oral cancer, you may have several treatment options, including surgical removal of the area, chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Contact our dental office today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.