There is nothing here to smile about!

Posted: November 1, 2011 in Social Trends
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UC MINISTRIES: I suppose having seen a number of relatives die from smoking has made me very much an anti smoking campaigner.  I just don’t see why People should smoke.  Its expensive, its dangerous and its habit forming, Plus there is enough chemicals in those cancer sticks which we know about to have any sane person run from it.  Yet every day when I take my child to school I see youngsters waiting at the bus stop smoking cigarettes. There barely out of shorts.  This article came up recently that I hope people will read and realise the futility and danger that exists in these cancer sticks. I see nothing here to smile about.

 

Mouth cancer is one of the least well known cancers, but it kills more people each year than testicular and cervical cancer combined.

In the UK, the number of new cases have soared by nearly 50 per cent in the last 10 years. Each year around 6,000 people are diagnosed with the disease, and around 1,800 people die from it.

This year, as part of Mouth Cancer Action Month, the British Dental Health Association are aimimg to increase awareness of the warning signs and risk factors for mouth cancer, and urge people ‘If in doubt, get checked out’.

Habits that put you at risk of mouth cancer

Everyday habits that increase your risk of mouth cancer include:

Smoking

This is the number one risk factor for mouth cancer. The saliva in your mouth helps spread around the carcinogens in cigarette smoke, increasing your risk.

Alcohol

Helps smoke absorption in the mouth, so drinking alcohol while smoking increases your risk of mouth cancer even more. If you smoke and drink heavily you are 30 times more likely to develop mouth cancer.

Chewing tobacco

Paan, areca nut and gutka are as dangerous as smoking tobacco, if not more so.

Sex

Experts now think that Human papilloma virus – transmitted during oral sex – could soon overtake alcohol and smoking as the major cause of mouth cancer.

Diet

Poor diet is associated with up to a third of mouth cancer cases. Fruit, vegetables, egg and fish consumption help to lower your risk.

Dental hygiene

Recent research in the US found that people with chronic gum disease had an increased risk of developing oral and neck cancers.

Mouth cancer warning signs

Around two-thirds of mouth cancer cases are discovered in the later stages of the disease. But early detection of mouth cancer can improve five year survival rates to 90 per cent.

Regular dental check ups may catch the disease in its early stages before you are even aware it exists. Common symtoms which you should always get checked out include:

Mouth cancer warning signs

Around two-thirds of mouth cancer cases are discovered in the later stages of the disease. But early detection of mouth cancer can improve five year survival rates to 90 per cent.

Regular dental check ups may catch the disease in its early stages before you are even aware it exists. Common symtoms which you should always get checked out include:

  • Ulcers which don’t heal within three weeks
  • Red and white patches in the mouth
  • Any unusual changes, lumps and swellings in the mouth (can be painless)

 STATISTICS THAT DO NOT MAKE FOR GOOD READING

Tobacco kills about 390,000 people each year.

“People who begin smoking before age 13 are significantly more likely than nonsmokers and those who begin smoking later to have drug and alcohol problems, according to an article published in the journal, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. “

“There are 47 million school age kids in America, currently over 27 million of them try drugs and alcohol each year.”

“Tobacco kills more people each year than all of the people killed by all of the illegal drugs in the last one hundred years. “

* 3000 youth become addicted to tobacco each day in the United States.

Cigarette smoking causes more deaths than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, murders, suicides, illegal drugs, and fires – combined.”

“Over 70% of adolescent smokers wish they had never started smoking in the first place. “

Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, including ammonia (floor/toilet cleaner), arsenic (rat poison), formaldehyde (body tissue preserver), and hydrogen cyanide (gas chamber poison). “

“The World Health Organization has predicted that by the year 2025, 500 million people worldwide will have died from a tobacco-related illness. That is an entire Vietnam War every day for 27 years, or a Titanic sinking every 43 minutes for 27 years.”

 

 

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