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Apart from causing lung cancer, smoking also increases tobacco users risk of developing mouth cancer, however, many smokers are ignorant of this fact with only 5% of young adults surveyed being concerned about oral cancer. They are also not aware that lesions on the lip, tongue, mucosa and throat are symptoms indicative of cancer. Alcohol is another associated risk factor for the development of mouth cancer with a 6 times higher risk conferred to smokers who drink. Oral cancer kills around 50% of the people who are diagnosed with this type of cancer, usually by dentists, which is a higher mortality than breast, prostate and skin cancer. However, early detection can improve a persons’ survival from 50% to 90%.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Daily mail
About: Oral cancer not considered important risk factor by smokers
Date: 13 November 2005
Source: Daily mail
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