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Most people have heard of cancer affecting parts of the body such as the lungs or breasts. However, cancer can also occur in the mouth, where the disease can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat.
Most cases of mouth cancer are linked to tobacco and alcohol. Cigarette, cigar and pipe smoking are the main forms of tobacco use in the UK. However, the traditional ethnic habits of chewing tobacco, betel quid, gutkha and paan are particularly dangerous.
On top of that, many people don’t realise that:
Smoking has been found to be a significant factor in the progression of gum disease, which may lead to discomfort, halitosis, loose teeth and tooth loss.
Chronic periodontal disease (gum disease) has also been linked to heart disease.