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Public ‘willing to change lifestyle to cut mouth cancer risk’

Posted by Allie Wright

A new piece of research has found members of the public would be willing to change their lifestyle if they were told what risk factors were linked to the development of mouth cancer.

The study, which was carried out by the British Dental Health Foundation and Denplan, showed that two-thirds of those surveyed would review their alcohol intake, change their diet or stop smoking if they knew these habits made it more likely they would be affected by the disease in the future.

Chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation Dr Nigel Carter explained those who are worried about mouth cancer should get checked by a dentist.

Dr Roger Matthews, Denplan’s chief dental officer, said: “Dentists don’t just look after your oral health, they can also advise you on which lifestyle habits that could have a further impact on your health overall.”

He added the data shows the problems of a lack of awareness of mouth cancer in the UK.

Figures from the British Dental Health Foundation show that from 1997 and 2008, the number of mouth cancer cases rose by nearly 46 per cent to 5,790.

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