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Oral Cancer Risk Factors | Dr. Jonathan Lane

South Austin, TX Dentist

Ensuring Oral Health: Lane Dental and Dr. Jonathan Lane

At Lane Dental, we understand the significance of early detection in oral cancer. During a comprehensive dental examination, Dr. Jonathan Lane and our team meticulously look for signs of oral cancer. Detecting it early is crucial, as most forms of oral cancer are treatable when caught in their early stages.

While everyone is susceptible to oral cancer, certain groups are at a higher risk. Here are the top seven risk factors:

  1. Age: The risk of developing oral cancer increases with age. Individuals in their mid-40s and older are particularly susceptible, with a noticeable rise in cases around the age of 62. Regular oral cancer screenings are essential at any age.
  2. Gender: Men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer compared to women. However, the gender difference is decreasing due to increased alcohol and tobacco use among women.
  3. Tobacco: Smoking or chewing tobacco significantly increases the risk of oral cancer. Tobacco can lead to various types of oral cancers, regardless of whether it’s smoked or chewed.
  4. Alcohol: Heavy drinkers are at a higher risk of developing oral cancers. Regular alcohol consumption increases the likelihood of developing oral cancer, even for non-drinkers.
  5. Human Papillomavirus (HPV): HPV is associated with at least 10,000 cases of oral cancer diagnosed annually in the United States. Individuals with HPV-related oral cancers, typically younger and non-smokers, have a lower risk of death or recurrence.
  6. Sunlight: Prolonged exposure to sunlight increases the risk of lip cancer. UV protection is crucial when outdoors, and many lip balms offer UV protection.
  7. Diet: Poor nutrition, particularly diets low in fruits and vegetables, increases the risk of oral cancer. Regardless of diet, regular oral examinations are vital for early detection.

Oral cancer does not discriminate, making regular oral examinations essential for everyone, regardless of age, gender, or other factors. Early detection is key, and our team at Lane Dental is dedicated to identifying oral cancer early to ensure prompt treatment.

For comprehensive oral examinations and early detection of oral cancer, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jonathan Lane at Lane Dental today. Your oral health is our priority.

Lane Dental of South Austin
Phone: 512-441-8420
1901 W William Cannon Dr, Ste 137
Austin, TX 78745


Dentist South Austin

1901 W William Cannon Dr, Ste 137
Austin, TX 78745

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Wednesday: 7am - 4pm
Thursday: 7am - 4pm
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