Oral Cancer Risk Factors | Dr. Meera Narasimhan

During a comprehensive dental examination at Sunshine Family Dental, led by Dr. Meera Narasimhan, our dedicated team prioritizes the detection of oral cancer. We understand that early detection is crucial for effective treatment, and our trained professionals are equipped to identify any signs of concern.

While oral cancer can affect anyone, certain factors may increase your risk. Here are the top seven risk factors to be aware of:

  1. Age:
    Individuals in their mid-40s and older face an increased risk of oral cancer. Regular oral cancer screenings are essential, regardless of age, as cases among younger individuals are also on the rise.
  2. Gender:
    Men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer compared to women. However, the gender gap is decreasing, emphasizing the importance of regular oral health examinations for everyone.
  3. Tobacco:
    Smoking or chewing tobacco significantly elevates the risk of oral cancer. Even non-smokers are susceptible, highlighting the importance of thorough examinations for all.
  4. Alcohol:
    Heavy alcohol consumption is associated with a higher incidence of oral cancer. Regardless of drinking habits, regular dental check-ups are vital for early detection.
  5. Human Papillomavirus (HPV):
    HPV-related oral cancers, though more common in younger individuals, can affect anyone. Regular visits to our dental office help maintain proactive oral health.
  6. Sunlight:
    Prolonged exposure to sunlight increases the risk of lip cancer. Utilizing UV protection, such as lip balms with SPF, is crucial, especially for those who work outdoors.
  7. Diet:
    Poor nutrition, particularly diets low in fruits and vegetables, can elevate the risk of oral cancer. Regardless of dietary habits, scheduling regular oral examinations is essential for early detection.

At Sunshine Family Dental, we believe oral cancer screenings are vital for everyone, irrespective of age, gender, or lifestyle. Our comprehensive examinations enable early detection, offering our patients the best chance for effective treatment. Contact Dr. Meera Narasimhan and our team today to schedule your comprehensive oral examination and prioritize your oral health.

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496 West Army Trail Road
Carol Stream, IL 60188

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