Smokeless Tobacco Cancer Causing Agent Found

Monday, April 16th, 2012, 6:58 pm

We’ve known for a long time that smoking cigarettes causes cancer and other health problems. We have also known for a long time that smokeless tobacco is no safer — using chewing tobacco or snuff also causes cancer. What is news is that scientists have isolated a chemical from smokeless tobacco that caused oral and esophageal tumors in every animal exposed to it in a laboratory study.

This study provides the first conclusive link between a specific carcinogenic chemical in smokeless tobacco and oral cancers.

Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month it is the perfect time to quit using all forms of tobacco and make an appointment for your oral cancer screening. When oral cancers are diagnosed early they are treatable and survival rates are high. Unfortunately, most cases are not diagnosed until they are more advanced.

Risk factors for oral cancer include smoking, alcohol use and HPV infection. Oral cancer patients used to be older men with a history of smoking but today we are seeing a spike in younger people with these cancers due to HPV infection.

If you experience any mouth sore that doesn’t heal within a couple of weeks or a persistent sore throat please contact us immediately. Contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA  today at 706-886-9439 today to schedule your appointment.

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