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Women with Diabetes Face Greater Oral Cancer Risk

As a biological dental practice, we at Biodental believe that knowledge is key. We aim to keep our patients and practice informed on the potential risks that affect not only their oral health, but their whole body health. In this article, we will outline why women with diabetes are at a higher risk for oral cancer, and what can be done about it.

According to a recent study, women with diabetes are at a 13% higher risk of developing oral cancer, and a whopping 27% increased risk of developing any type of cancer. The second leading cause of death worldwide is cancer, a disease that’s claimed as many as 8.7 million deaths in 2015. Another disease that has afflicted the global population on a large scale is diabetes. In 2015, as many as 415 million adults were known to have diabetes, with 5 million deaths in that year being attributable to that disease.

Researchers project that incidences of cancer and diabetes are likely to both increase in the future, emphasizing the need to make prevention and treatment options more readily available.

Women with Diabetes Face Greater Oral Cancer Risk

“This could be a very significant piece of research, and one that could help to save lives. Diabetes has previously been linked to poor oral health, but this new research shows a specific link to mouth cancer,” said Dr. Nigel Carter, OBE, the chief executive officer of the Oral Health Foundation. “More people lose their lives to mouth cancer every year in Britain than from cervical and testicular cancer combined. Without early detection, the five-year survival rate for mouth cancer is only 50%. But if it is caught early, survival rates can dramatically improve to up to 90%, as well as the quality of life for survivors being significantly increased,” Carter said.

How To Mitigate: Women With Diabetes And A Higher Risk Of Oral Cancer

Keep those regular dental appointments, and make sure that you are screened for oral cancer. If you are a woman with diabetes, be aware of the signs of oral cancer.

Signs Of Oral Cancer:

  • Ulcers that do not heal within 3 weeks
  • Red or white patches
  • Unusual lumps or swellings in the head or neck area

If you are interested in biological dentistry, give BioDental Healing a call today. We would be happy to schedule a consultation to discuss your overall dental health. Call (805) 375-2233 for help scheduling an appointment today!


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