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Alcohol Drinking Leads Cancer Mouth Wash Cause
If alcohol drinking leads to oral cancer, then does this mean that using mouth wash also may cause cancer?
Good question: Alcohol, by itself, is not nearly as strong a risk factor for oral cancer as alcohol and smoking. Inflammation of the oral cavity can increase the risk of oral cancer. Most alcohol based mouth rinses are formulated not to irritate and therefore have significantly less of a carcinogenic effect. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
If alcohol drinking may lead to oral cancer, then does this mean that using mouth wash also may cause cancer?
Don't worry: Alcohol consumption has been linked to oral cancer. Heavy drinking and smoking together will greatly increase the chances of oral cancer. Don't worry too much about using mouthwash. Even though there is alcohol in it you typically don't use enough to cause a problem. You can use an alcohol free mouthwash if you are concerned. ...Read more
My husband has a terriable taste in his mouth that brushing or mouthwash does not help he is 77years old and doesnot have many health issues, he does not smoke or drink alcohol . This is affecting his appitite also. Thank you for taking my question.
The : The best thing to do in this situation is for your husband to see a dentist. He may be dealing with dental caries (cavities), gum disease (gingivitis) or even an abscess in his mouth. These conditions may cause the terrible taste in his mouth. If a dentist clears him then he should see his internist or family doctor. Best of luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How does alcohol use increase risk of cancer?I thought only carcinogens cause cancer.Can moderate alcohol use cause this?Or is it only heavy drinking?
Metabolites: There's talk of acetaldehyde, an alcohol metabolite, actually damaging DNA. If so, it's weak. You decision to have an occasional drink doesn't need to be governed by cancerphobia; no risk has been shown. You can't avoid all carcinogens. Abuse of alcohol is a possible promoter because it kills cells off that need to be replenished -- this is how ANYTHING can be "shown to cause cancer." ...Read more
None known.: No direct link between alcohol consumption and lung cancer. However, many heavy drinkers are heavy smokers, or drink in areas where there is a lot of second hand smoke, such as bars, betting tracks, etc... And of course there is a direct link between smoking and second hand smoke and lung cancer. For more info: http://bit.Ly/ygfoko. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Please explain relative risk. For instance, "alcohol use increases breast cancer risk by 12% for every daily drink." What does that mean exactly?
Not sure: The incidence of breast cancer has remained fairly fixed for the past 50 yrs. The rate is about 1 in 7 developing the tumor which is the same in all countries exposed to the mouse with the MMTV virus. In Australia where there are mouse plagues the rate changes to 1 in 3 during the plague. Alcohol, when reducing immunity if taken in excess can enhance certain cancer such as oral squamous Ca . ...Read more
How can using mouthwash cool mint listerine(21.6% alcohol)as directed not drinking) cause a positive beathalyzer reading? Please explain in detail.
Alcohol: Alcohol absorbs through the tissues in your mouth. Every single drug screening or treatment program i know tells every single patient this and that this type of product is not acceptable if one is being tested for alcohol. Putting listorine into your mouth is the same as drinking alcohol.The taste alone often triggers patients back into relapse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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