Smokers six times more likely to get mouth cancer

PUBLISHED: 15:00 10 November 2010

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SMOKERS are being urged to quit in North Somerset after new research found they are six times more likely to get mouth cancer.

NHS North Somerset claims nine out of ten people who contract the cancer are tobacco users.

The organisation, which predicts 18 per cent of residents in North Somerset smoke, is trying to persuade more people to kick the habit.

Clinical dental lead Dr David Houston said: “It is important that the almost one in five people within our local population, who smoke, are made aware of this increasingly common and fatal form of cancer.

“Good mouth hygiene and oral health awareness linked to screening by a dental professional can greatly assist in the diagnosis and prevention of this cancer, which is 30 per cent more likely to occur in those who use alcohol and tobacco to excess.”

Mouth Cancer Action Month was launched last week and aims to raise awareness of mouth cancer and ensure that thorough oral examinations stay a priority.

People can get help to quit smoking by using the NHS Stop Smoking Service by visiting Health Central in the Boulevard anytime from 12noon-4pm, Monday to Friday.

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