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Study: Less Smoking and Drinking Tied to Oral Cancers

Posted on September 20, 2012

September 18, 2012 — The prevalence of smoking and alcohol use has declined over the past few decades in patients with oral cavity cancer, according to a new single-institution study, Medscape Today reports. Because these factors are associated with the disease, it is now considered likely that other causes play a role in the pathogenesis of oral cancer.

Researchers from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City found that during the past 25 years, there has been a progressive decline in tobacco use in this cancer population at their institution. From 1985 to 1990, 80% of patients treated there used tobacco; from 2005 to 2008, 55% did.

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