The chances of people needing mouth cancer treatment can be reduced if people make certain lifestyle choices.
Mouth cancer is linked with tobacco and alcohol and if individuals cease smoking and drink in moderation they could reduce the chances of them acquiring the illness by up to 30 per cent, said Dr Henry Clover, deputy chief dental officer at Denplan.
In addition to tobacco and alcohol, people can also ensure that they eat enough fruit and vegetables, as poor nutrition has also been associated with mouth cancer, he added.
Dr Clover stated there is a growing association between the disease and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) – the virus that is a major contributor to cases of cervical cancer.
Recently, Professor Stephen Porter, director of University College London Eastman Dental Institute hypothesised that changing sexual practices – due to the promotion of oral sex by safe sex campaigns - could result in HPV becoming the main risk factor associated with the disease.