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Tobacco Smoking: New Study Shows Higher Oral Cancer Risk in Women

Update Date: Jan 05, 2017 11:11 PM EST

In the years 1999 to 2009, women in Ireland had more cases cases of oral cancer because of tobacco smoking. Between 1994 to 2001, there are around 2,147 people who were diagnosed with oral cancer, which means this is a big figure.

According to the UCC Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, the research concluded that males were predominantly found with the disease. In support for this, the currently publicized study now shows that an average of seven men and five women out of 1,000 are at risk for developing oral cancer.

While oral cancer is very common in both men and women, statistics show that there is an increasing rate of women at risk for getting the disease from ages 55 to 62. 

The female category, however, possesses an alarming rise of 24 to 32 percent from 1994 to 2009, given that this is usually a disease for men. Over the past decades, Irish women consumed tobacco frequently than men. This remarkable figure is getting the attention of doctors and health experts in Ireland.

This is alarming as symptoms don't typically show up in the early stages, and when detected later on, may lead to death. People who have survived are more likely to develop a second type of cancer. 

Tobacco created a global impact on human health based on the report publicized by the World Health Organization. On a global scale, there are 4 million people who have died due to tobacco use, with the leading contributor to death as oral cancer. 

At the University of California, their study suggests combining alcohol consumption and smoking tobacco increases the risk of oral cancer 15 times than the regular smoking of the substance. This is why the disease is classified as a "lifestyle" disease.

On the other hand, the Council for Tobacco Research (CRT), convened to deny the conclusion and funded a particular group of Doctors to conduct its research that contradicts the claims. The result plainly speaks that there should be regulations on tobacco use to prevent oral cancer.

It is highly recommended that a proper education of tobacco use and consumption is formulated, counseling and treatment for those who are affected with diseases are given. The key to fighting this dreadful oral cancer is with early detection.

What triggers oral cancer from smoking are the viruses and fungi that heavy smokers usually get from tobacco. The anterior of the mouth and the posterior of the oral cavity associated with the HPV16 viral cause the development of cancer.

Oral cancer includes tumors in the floor of the mouth, buccal mucosa, and mucosal surface of the lip, retromolar triangle, hard palate, alveolus, and anterior two-thirds of the tongue. It usually takes place in the throat, cheeks, gums, and lips.


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