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Risk Factors for Oral Cancer


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Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

  1. 1.  Owning and practicing at Allergy Ear Nose & Throat near Key West, Florida, Angelo Consiglio, MD, draws on specialized postgraduate training at leading medical centers in and around Chicago. Dr. Angelo Consiglio also serves as a lecturer with the Florida Keys Area Health Education Center, through which he speaks on oral cancer and other related topics. Although there is no definitive metric to determine a person's likelihood of developing oral cancer, statistics show that risk increases over the age of 55 and that men are two times more likely than women to receive an oral cancer diagnosis. Certain genetic mutations may also contribute to the growth of oral cancer.
  2. 2.  For example, researchers have found that patients with the mutations that cause fanconi anemia and dyskeratosis congenita are significantly more prone to oral cancer. In addition, lifestyle factors like heavy drinking and tobacco use may contribute to a patient's risk for developing oral cancer. Approximately 80 percent of patients with the condition use tobacco in some form, either chewed or smoked, and 70 percent drink excessively. Those who work outdoors or have experienced prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light are more likely to develop the disease as well, as are those who consume a diet low in fruits and vegetables.