Is There A Correlation Between Mouth Cancer and Smokeless Tobacco?
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close up portrait of a man smoking an e-cigaretteWhen the topic of mouth cancer arises, normally people’s minds go to cigarettes or heavy drinking. Have you ever thought about how smokeless tobacco affects your body long term? Due to 40+ years of research we know that there is considerably less cases of mouth cancer in those that use smokeless tobacco products versus tobacco products.


Just like there has always been, there are plenty of people who are opposed to using smokeless tobacco products and claim that they do in fact cause more harm then people are letting on. Some of the people that are most against this are by no surprise dentists. Many have claimed that they have seen plenty of cases of mouth cancer caused by some kind of smokeless tobacco products. Is this really the case? By breaking down some facts, we can get a pretty good idea of how true this claim truly is.


There has finally been more investigation to figure out if these facts are true. We will use Oklahoma as an example due to them being, on average, 11% higher than the nations average of cases of mouth cancer per year. According to the SEER program at the National Cancer Institute, the national incidence rate for mouth cancer is 23 cases per 100,000. Comparing with Oklahoma, they have census dada showing there are 716,468 men age 45+ so we can say that 183 cases of mouth cancer per year.


Taking all of this into account, we will break some of this information down. Oklahoma has 2038 dentists currently practicing. When factoring out all of the numbers, it breaks down to each dentist would see only one case of mouth cancer every 11 years. The facts are clear that these dentists’ claims are just not true.


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