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Charity urges regular dental checks

Wednesday March 14th 2012

A leading cancer charity is encouraging smokers and non-smokers to have regular visits to the dentist in order to try to detect early symptoms of the disease.

Smoking is one of the greatest causes of mouth cancer, which has fast become one of the top ten most common cancers, and dentists play a vital role in detecting it.

The Mouth Cancer Foundation said three in four people who have mouth cancer have smoked at some point in their lives.

The founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation, Dr Joshi, said: "Most people are now aware that smoking carries serious health risks. Smoking drastically increases the risk of Mouth Cancer. It is a thoroughly debilitating disease. We are encouraging everyone to have regular checks at their dentists as dentists know the symptoms to look out for."

People are also warned that those who smoke and drink alcohol are at a bigger risk of developing head and neck cancers than those who just use one alone.

Eighty-five percent of head and neck cancers are linked to tobacco use.

Copyright Press Association 2012

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