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Mouth cancer ‘to double in Wales’

Posted by Joanne Mellor

Incidences of mouth cancer in Wales are likely to become more common over the course of the next generation, according to the British Dental Health Federation.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the organisation, explained this is because of high risk factors for the disease, such as smoking tobacco, being popular in the country.

Research has found almost a quarter of Welsh adults smoke, while 45 per cent admit to drinking too much alcohol and more than half are considered to be overweight.

Dr Carter said: “The notion that the Welsh aren’t visiting their dentist for routine check-ups that will increase their chances of early detection needs to be addressed.”

He noted catching mouth cancer early can transform survival rates from as low as 50 per cent to 90 per cent.

This comes shortly after The International Agency for Research on Cancer predicted that by 2030, some 790,000 people will have been diagnosed with the disease.

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