Oral Cancer Risk Factors | Dr. Shivam Parbhu

During a thorough dental examination at UpCare Dental Clinics, our team, led by Dr. Shivam Parbhu, prioritizes the detection of oral cancer. Early identification is crucial for successful treatment of oral cancer, and our highly trained dental professionals are equipped to recognize its signs and symptoms.

While oral cancer can affect anyone, certain factors may increase the risk. Here are the top seven risk factors to consider:

  1. Age:
    Individuals in their mid-40s and older face an elevated risk of oral cancer. Although cases typically peak around age 62, recent trends show an increase in diagnoses among those aged 52 to 56. Regardless of age, regular oral cancer screenings are essential for early detection.
  2. Gender:
    Men are twice as likely as women to develop oral cancer, partly due to higher rates of alcohol and tobacco use. However, with the rising prevalence of drinking and smoking among women, the gender gap is narrowing. Both men and women should undergo regular oral health evaluations to catch oral cancer early.
  3. Tobacco:
    Smoking or chewing tobacco significantly increases the risk of oral cancer, affecting various areas of the mouth and throat. Even non-smokers can develop oral cancer, emphasizing the importance of routine dental check-ups.
  4. Alcohol:
    Heavy alcohol consumption is associated with approximately 70% of oral cancer cases. Regardless of gender, those who drink heavily are more than twice as likely to develop oral cancer. Regular dental examinations can help identify any signs of oral cancer.
  5. Human Papillomavirus (HPV):
    HPV-related oral cancers are on the rise, particularly among younger individuals who are less likely to smoke or drink. While HPV-related oral cancers typically have a lower risk of death or recurrence, proactive measures such as regular dental visits are crucial for early detection.
  6. Sunlight:
    Prolonged exposure to sunlight increases the risk of lip cancer. Utilizing UV protection, such as lip balms with SPF, is essential for individuals who work outdoors. Additional oral examinations are recommended for those with frequent sun exposure.
  7. Diet:
    Poor nutrition, particularly diets low in fruits and vegetables, may elevate the risk of oral cancer. Even individuals with healthy diets should undergo regular oral examinations to detect any signs of oral cancer.

At UpCare Dental Clinics, we believe in the importance of regular dental check-ups for everyone, regardless of age, gender, or lifestyle factors. Our comprehensive oral examinations enable us to detect oral cancer early and provide prompt treatment. Contact our office today to schedule your comprehensive oral examination with Dr. Shivam Parbhu. Your oral health is our top priority.

UpCare Clinics of Olathe
Email: office@upcareclinics.com
Phone: (913) 397-9000
790 N Ridgeview Rd
Olathe, KS 66061