The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recently launched a campaign during dental health week to highlight the presence of Oral Cancers within the community.
Every day, at least three Australians are diagnosed with oral cancer and this number is rising.
Unfortunately, because of the delayed detection and subsequent spread to other parts of the body, survival rates of oral cancers remain low despite advancements in treatment.
Traditionally, men have been shown to be a greater risk of oral cancer than women. Furthermore, smoking and alcohol are MAJOR contributing factors.
In fact 80% of oral cancers occur in smokers. Heavy drinking (i.e greater than 4 standard drinks in a single occasion) also increases your risk.
Heavy drinking and smoking combined together greatly increases your risk of oral cancer.