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what is the probability of getting oral cancer?

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Dr. Hassan Arshad
16 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Risk factors: The main risk factors are tobacco and alcohol use. The chance of getting oral cancer is even higher if you use both. If you use neither, it is very unlikely that you would get oral cancer.
Answered on Jul 4, 2015
Dr. Don Millner
43 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Today's risk is HPV!: About thirty years ago, the risk of getting oral cancer was extremely low. While still low, it has increased significantly. While alcohol and tobacco usage was the old profile, it is the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus that is spiking oral cancer in a relatively young population. Fortunately, research is showing the hpv vaccine protects against cervical cancer and oral cancer!
Answered on Nov 20, 2015
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Dr. Howard Schneider
34 years experience Pediatric Dentistry
That depends: That depends on your risk factors. The three biggest risk factors are: smoking, alcohol consumption and exposure to human papilloma virus (oral sex with multiple partners increases your risk). If you control these risks your chances of oral cancer are low. The more you indulge in risk factors the higher your chance will be.
Answered on Jul 4, 2015
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Dr. Don Millner
Dr. Don Millner commented
43 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Right on!!
Apr 6, 2014
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
18 years experience Family Medicine
Thank you Dr Schneider, for a great answer.
Apr 6, 2014
Dr. Louis Gallia
45 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Rare, unless: Rare, unless heavy smoker and drinker.
Answered on Jul 4, 2015
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Agreed. And remember to have regular Dental Check-ups. Your Dentist will routinely perform an oral cancer screening examination as part of your overall Dental examination.
Jul 4, 2015
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
36 years experience Pain Management
Relatively rare: Overall, about 2-3 out of every 100 cancers diagnosed are mouth or oropharynx cancers. Tobacco use (cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and pipes) and drinking alcohol are the main risk factors for oral cancers. If concerned, see your dentist for cancer screening.
Answered on Jul 5, 2015

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