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Smoking and drinking ‘increase mouth cancer risk 30%’

Posted by Allie Wright

People who smoke and drink too much may be increasing their chances of developing mouth cancer by as much as 30 per cent.

This is according to the British Dental Health Federation, which stated that alcohol ups the absorption of tobacco into the mouth when it is consumed.

Chief executive of the body Dr Nigel Carter explained it is a “source of deep worry” how many people who are affected by mental illness smoke too much and drink to excess.

“It is really important that everyone knows the warning signs for mouth cancer, whether that be people within the care industry or individuals themselves,” he said.

Dr Carter noted how these symptoms include mouth ulcers that show no signs of healing, as well as other unusual lumps and swellings on the gums.

The body recently highlighted the fact that many people are unaware there is a link between the Human Papilloma Virus and mouth cancer.

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