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If alcohol drinking leads to oral cancer, then does this mean that using mouth wash also may cause cancer?

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 more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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I am curious if alcoholic mouthwash can cause cancer , what happens when you drink alcohol?

I am curious if alcoholic mouthwash can cause cancer , what happens when you drink alcohol?

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

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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.

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 more

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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?

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

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Is there a relation between heavy alcohol drinking and lung cancer?

Is there a relation between heavy alcohol drinking and lung cancer?

Yes, kinda: Kinda. Heavy alcohol drinkers often ate heavy smokers, and/or don't take good care of themselves, have other illnesses or diseases that weaken immunity to infection, inflammation, and tumors. ...Read more

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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

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Can using mouthwash with alcohol really cause oral cancer?

Can using mouthwash with alcohol really cause oral cancer?

Risk is low. : Alcohol use does increase the risk of oral cancer. Some mouthwashes contain as much as 19% alcohol. If this is a concern for you , use one of the many without alcohol. Remain aware of the other risk factors of oral cancer, especially tobacco. Wise of you to be thinking this way. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

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


Washing (Definition)

As soon as possible after being exposed to poison oak or poison ivy, washing the skin and clothes well can help reduce exposure to the offending oil and the ...Read more