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Office blog

March 2013

Dentists warn people under 45 of mystery rise in mouth cancer

People under 45 have been warned to look out for signs of mouth cancer after a surprise rise in cases for this age group.

New figures reveal a growing number of young people in Scotland who neither smoke nor drink – the two main causes of mouth cancer– are being diagnosed with the disease.

Men aged 50 and over who drink and smoked heavily remain most at risk. 

Dental experts said more work is needed to find out the reason for the rise among younger people but believe it could be down to poor diet, lack of sunshine and the spread of certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV).