Cigarette smoking is one of the risk factors for developing mouth cancer and those who light a cigarette immediately after waking up are at an even higher risk of acquiring it, according to researchers from the Penn State University.
Researchers examined data and the behaviours of 1,945 adults who smoke. They were particularly interested in the quantity of NNAL, a carcinogen (cancer-causing substance) at can be detected in the bloodstream and what factors had an influence on this. They found that “NNAL level was highest among people who smoked the soonest upon waking, regardless of the frequency of smoking and other factors that predict NNAL concentrations”.
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UK’s State Of Mouth Cancer Report 2018
The United Kingdom published its first State Of Mouth Cancer Report in late 2018. It reported that new cases of oral cancer “have increased by 49% in the last decade and by 135% compared with 20 years’ ago.”
Unfortunately, there is a general lack of knowledge in the UK about the risk factors for developing oral cancer. The Oral Health Foundation says:
The everyday choices we make can affect our chances of developing mouth cancer. Smoking cigarettes significantly increases your risk of developing the disease. Find out what else increase your risk at www.mouthcancer.org
Your Dentist’s Role In The Fight Against Oral Cancer
Early detection gives you a 90% chance of surviving oral cancer. If you’ve noticed anything unusual, be sure to contact us immediately; do not wait until your next scheduled appointment.