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Smoking has long been linked to oral cancer. It is often undiagnosed until it reaches the late stages and thus the five year survival rate for oral cancer is only 54%. Symptoms include red or white patches in mount, lumps or patches in mouth, lumps or patches around the mouth, difficulty swallowing and frequent bleeding from the throat or mouth. Smoking can also cause gum disease, tooth loss, chronic infection of gums, red or swollen gums, tender gums, bleeding when brushing, gums detaching from teeth, bad breath and loose or separating teeth. Smoking can also cause a condition called hairy tongue where the surface is covered in dark stains.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Health Day News
About: Smoking can cause oral cancer as well as other serious mouth conditions
Date: 5 November 2004
Source: Health Day News
Author: Robert Preidt
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