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    What risk factors are associated with oral cancer?

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  • Nikki Martin

    Speech Pathologist

    I have over 13 years experience in adult Speech Pathology and specialise in voice and swallowing problems/cancers of the face and throat. I work very … View Profile

    The risk factors associated with oral cancers, are as follows:

    1. smoking
    2. heavy alcohol intake (considered as 3 standard drinks every day)
    3. HPV strain 14- human papilloma virus strain 14 (a strain of the wart virus)

    Smoking is the largest risk factor associated with oral cancers. Add alcohol into the mix, and a person would further increase their chance of developing oral cancer. If someone has all three risk factors i.e. smokes, drinks at least 3 standard alcoholic drinks every day, and has the HPV strain 14 (can be found out through blood testing) their likelihood of getting an oral cancer again increases. 

    Nikki Martin
    Speech Pathologist

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