Oral Cancer Risk Factors | Lina Jameel DDS

During a comprehensive dental examination at Herndon Family Dental, our team led by Dr. Lina Jameel DDS, diligently looks for signs of oral cancer. Early detection is crucial as most forms of oral cancer are treatable when caught early. Our dental professionals are trained and educated to identify oral cancer during routine check-ups.

While everyone is susceptible to oral cancer, certain groups are at a higher risk. Here are the top seven risk factors for oral cancer:

Individuals in their mid-40s and older face an increased risk of developing oral cancer. The average age of diagnosis is declining due to rising cases of Human Papillomavirus (HPV)-related oral cancers, emphasizing the importance of regular screenings at any age.

Men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer compared to women. However, the gender difference is decreasing due to increased alcohol and tobacco use among women in recent generations.

Smoking or chewing tobacco significantly increases the risk of oral cancer, affecting various areas of the mouth and throat. Even non-smokers should undergo oral cancer examinations regularly.

Heavy drinkers are at a higher risk, with about 70% of oral cancer cases associated with heavy alcohol consumption. It’s essential to schedule an examination even for those who do not consume alcohol.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV):
HPV-related oral cancers, which affect younger individuals who are unlikely to smoke or drink, are associated with approximately 10,000 cases diagnosed annually in the United States. Regular dental visits are recommended for early detection.

Prolonged exposure to sunlight increases the risk of lip cancer. UV protection, such as lip balms with UV protection, is crucial for individuals who work outdoors.

Poor nutrition, particularly diets low in fruits and vegetables, is linked to a higher risk of oral cancer. However, oral cancer can develop in healthy individuals, highlighting the importance of regular oral examinations regardless of diet.

Oral cancer does not discriminate, underscoring the importance of regular oral examinations for everyone. At Herndon Family Dental, our team is committed to early detection through comprehensive oral examinations. Contact our dentist today to schedule your comprehensive oral examination and ensure your oral health is in good hands.

Herndon Family Dental
Phone: 703-787-9000
112 Elden Street, Suite N
Herndon , VA 20170