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Work stress could increase mouth cancer risk

27 November 2014

Work stress could increase mouth cancer risk

Our jobs could be increasing the risk of developing mouth cancer, the British Dental Health Foundation has said.

A new survey carried out by the oral health charity found that one in four people regularly eat processed foods at work, while one in five said sun exposure and second hand smoke was a regular occurrence. A further three in ten said they regularly drank alcohol as part of their job. The problem appears to be compounded after work, as part of a relaxing routine.

Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, said: “Working can be quite stressful at times, and it’s entirely understandable that people want to come home and relax. The problem with this is that many of the ways to relax actually increase the chances of developing mouth cancer.

“The same applies to alcohol and smoking. A few pints of water are less enjoyable than a few pints of cider, a few glasses of wine or a few of your favourite shorts, but it is a healthier choice. Drinking alcohol to excess increases the chance of developing mouth cancer, with alcohol and tobacco together increasing the risk by up to 30 times.”

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