Air Pollution Associated With Higher Risk Of Oral Cancer, Study Suggests.

Dentistry in the News

The Guardian (UK) (10/9, Davis) reports a study published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine found that “high levels of air pollution are linked to an increased risk” of oral cancer. Researchers in Taiwan studied the association “by looking at air pollution data from 66 air quality monitoring stations around the country collected in 2009,” and combining this with “data from the health records of more than 480,000 men aged 40 and over from 2012/13.” They found that after adjusting for other known risk factors for oral cancer including age, betel quid chewing, and smoking, “men exposed to the highest levels” of fine particulate matter < 2.5 microns had an increased risk of oral cancer.

Newsweek (10/9, Gander) reports that the study “did not account for the socioeconomic status of the participants, which may also play a role.”

ADA’s resources related to oral cancers for clinicians and patients are available at Dental professionals can find additional information on oral and oropharyngeal cancer on an ADA Science Institute-developed Oral Health Topics page. The ADA also offers the brochure “Get The Facts About Mouth and Throat Cancer.”

Dentists can refer patients to, ADA’s consumer website, for information on oral cancer. JADA For the Patient also includes the articles Oral cancer: What to do if something unusual shows up and What you should know about oral cancer.

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