- Mouth cancer affect the lips, tongue, cheeks and the throat
- Cancer Research in the UK finds unhealthy lifestyle changes to have increased the risk of mouth cancer by 68%
- Following a healthy lifestyle can help to reduce the risk of mouth cancer
Mouth cancer risk has increased over the last 20 years due to unhealthy lifestyle habits that involve smoking, alcohol consumption, following a bad diet and unprotected sex.
According to the data collected from Cancer Research in UK, the number of cases affected by Mouth cancer has risen by 68%.
‘Nine out of ten mouth cancer cases were linked to unhealthy lifestyle changes.’
Mouth cancer or oral cancer is characterized by the tumors that develop in the lining of the mouth, inside the cheeks, lips or on the tongue.
This type of cancer is common in men and there was a 71% increase in the rates of mouth cancer among women in the past 20 years.
Around 13 cases were recorded per 100,000 people between 2012-2014 when compared to only 8 cases per 100,000 people during 1993 -1995.
Symptoms of an ulcer or a sore in the mouth or tongue, a small lump in the mouth or tongue, red or white patches in the mouth or a lump in the neck are common with mouth cancer.
Jessica Kirby, Senior health information manager at the Cancer Research UK said "It's important to get to know your body and what's normal for you, to help spot the disease as early as possible.
"Healthy lifestyles can help reduce the risk of developing the disease in the first place. Not smoking, drinking less alcohol and eating plenty of fruit and vegetables can all help to cut our risk of mouth cancer."
They also found nine of ten cancer cases were associated with unhealthy lifestyle changes.
Approximately 65% of cancer cases are due to smoking and 30% were linked to alcohol consumption, the other 13% due to HPV infections.
Therefore following a healthy lifestyle by eating fresh fruits and vegetables, avoiding alcohol and smoking can reduce the risk of developing the disease.