Oral Cancer Causes
Oral cancer is so common, one American dies every hour from it. The most common causes of oral cancer include:
- Tobacco use
- High alcohol consumption
- Constant sunlight exposure
- Regular cheek or lip biting
- Poorly fitting dentures
Although most oral cancers are found in people who use tobacco and/or drink alcohol excessively, 25% of oral cancer cases are people who have no risk factors at all.
Oral Cancer Testing
There are two different tests that can determine if a spot is cancerous. A “brush biopsy” is a painless test performed on areas that look harmless or do not have a clear cause. This test can detect potentially dangerous cells in the early stages of the disease. A “scalpel biopsy”, which requires local anesthesia, is usually performed on suspicious areas.
Regular visits to your dentist are your best prevention method against oral cancer. If, you notice any unusual changes in your mouth between dental visits, call us immediately. Together you and our staff will fight and win the battle against oral cancer.
For more information about oral cancer, support groups, or treatments, visit www.oralcancerfoundation.org.