Smokeless Tobacco Causes Cancer Too!

Saturday, June 30th, 2012, 9:32 pm

We’ve known for a long time that smoking cigarettes causes cancer and other health problems. The use of  smokeless tobacco is no better — it also causes cancer. Now scientists have isolated a chemical from smokeless tobacco that caused oral and esophageal tumors in every animal exposed to it in a laboratory.

This study give us the first conclusive link between a specific cancer causing chemical in smokeless tobacco and oral cancers. 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. New research is also showing that oral cancers are among the most expensive cancers to treat.

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 and alcohol use, but today we are seeing a drastic increase in the number of younger people with cancers of the mouth and throat 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 Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA immediately at 706-886-9439 to schedule your appointment for oral cancer screening.

 

 

 

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