New research, published in Diabetologia, discovered that women have a 13% higher chance of developing oral cancer if they suffer from diabetes. Overall, women faced a 27% increase of developing any form of cancer if they had diabetes, while men also faced a 19% increased risk, according to the study.
With previous research showing close links between diabetes and the development of mouth cancer, the health charity the Oral Health Foundation is calling on people to be aware of the close links between their oral health and their wider well-being.
CEO of the charity Dr Nigel Carter, believes the research could help to identify individuals at risk of mouth cancer. Dr Carter said: “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.
“This makes regular dental visits an absolute must. If your dentists know that you are diabetic, they will check your mouth accordingly. For many years we have known that diabetic patients are more likely to get gum disease and need extra dental care”.
It is important for everyone to be aware of what the signs and symptoms of mouth cancer are: “Be alert to ulcers which do not heal within three weeks, red and white patches in the mouth and unusual lumps or swellings in the head and neck area. If you experience any of these visit your dentist immediately”.