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Does Mouthwash Cause Cancer? New Study


When it comes to keeping our mouths clean some people have to admit that they might skip a day or two, some people might even say that they don’t bother at all with cleaning their teeth. It seems as if these people need to rethink their priorities, as a new study has shown that the excessive used of mouthwash (along with poor dental hygiene, or maybe even a combination of the two) could results in an increased risk of oral cancer. Mouthwash that contained alcohol could put people at risk if they use it too often.
Every single year around 40,000 Americans (as well as an additionally 640,000 people around the globe) are diagnosed with a form of oral cancer. Whether it occurs in the tongue, the floor of the mouth, the gum or the cheek, it’s still something to be taken very seriously. The amount of deaths from this disease is something to look at as well, as there were 7,890 confirmed death from the disease last year alone. The findings, which were published in Oral Oncology, came from a team of Leibniz Institute fore Prevention Research and Epidemiology researchers, they also received some help from the Glasgow University’s Dental School.

Smokers and drinkers of alcohol get a huge jump in their risks regarding oral cancer, which is one thing to worry about when you’re looking at the disease. There are so many people around the world who partake in these activities, it almost seems like the number of cases for oral cancer should be more than what it already is. Bhuvanesh Singh, whom is a neck and head cancer surgeon from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has this to say on the matter, “The most common cancer in young men in countries like India and Pakistan is oral cancer, attributed to chewing betel nut or ‘paan’. It is a global epidemic.”

Signs of Oral Cancer

Here is a list of the more common signs and symptoms of oral cancer. (By the way, a “sign” is something that your doctor sees when he or she examines you, and a “symptom” is something that you report to your doctor.)

  • A nonhealing ulcer or a growing lump inside the mouth. These are the most important signs of oral-cavity cancer. The signs are evident upon careful examination, either by the patient or the physician.
  • Unusual coloration. Red areas are especially worrisome, but white areas or dark areas can also spell trouble.
  • Unusual texture (for example, a rough area on the side of the tongue), pain, loose teeth, a change in the way the teeth “meet,” bleeding, bad breath, a sensation that “something is lodged in the back of my throat.” Each of these symptoms is usually NOT due to cancer, but in the context of other worrisome signs or symptoms, they can contribute to the suspicion of cancer.

You should also bear in mind that oral cancers generally occur in older individuals who have smoked or chewed tobacco for many years, and who have also had more than their fair share of alcohol. Thus, for example, if you are a 24-year-old who doesn’t smoke and drinks only an occasional glass of wine or beer, then cancer is very unlikely (though not impossible). If there is the slightest doubt (and the fact that you are submitting a question indicates that you ARE wondering about cancer), you need to see a doctor.

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