ADA sends alert to all tobacco users

For World No Tobacco Day the Australian Dental Association (ADA) is sending an alert to tobacco users of all ages – with oral cancer a known risk of tobacco use, it’s never too late to quit.

Around 2.6 million Australian adults or nearly 14% of over 18s are daily smokers. Smoking claims the lives of 15,500 Aussies every year and remains the leading preventable cause of death and disease.

Giving up now significantly lengthens your life: statistics from an Oral Oncology study found that stopping smoking contributes to reducing the risk of developing oral cancer.

“Stopping smoking even after being diagnosed with oral cancer significantly improves the response to cancer treatment, and reduces the risk of other new cancers developing,” said Dr Sue-Ching Yeoh, an Oral Medicine Specialist at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and on the ADA’s Dental Therapeutics Committee.

Dentists are trained to spot the early signs of cancer in the mouth, so if you have any concerns or if your regular review is overdue due to Covid-19, make a time to go and see your dentist.

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