Risk factors and prevention
The incidence of oral cancer is increasing. Learn more about risk factors and how oral cancer can be prevented in this section.
There are many risk factors for oral cancer including:
- Chewing tobacco or betel quid (areca nut) use
- alcohol consumption
- genetics (such as rare bone marrow conditions)
- human papillomavirus infection
- Around two-thirds of all cancers of the oral cavity, nasopharynx and pharynx could be prevented
- Just under half of all oral cavity cancers are linked to potentially avoidable risk factors like smoking and alcohol
Around two-thirds of all UK mouth, nose and upper throat* cancer cases could be prevented
Do you find it a challenge to discuss oral cancer risk factors and prevention with your patients? In this video, a dentist and a GP explain how to initiate a conversation and more.