Eating Leafy Green Vegetables Can Help Reduce The Risk of Oral Cancer.

Leafy Green VegA piece of research recently presented at the Internation Association for Dental Research (IADR) has shown that eating green leafy vegetables “significantly lowers the risk” of oral cancer among female smokers.

The research showed for every 1 portion of green leafy vegetables, the risk of oral cancer for current women smokers is reduced compared to those who have given up or never smoked before.

Whilst larger studies are required to examine for a moderate reduction in risk, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter, expressed a need to discover the true extent diet can play in reducing the risk of oral cancer; “Around one third of all cases of oral cancer are thought to be linked to an unhealthy diet.  People should ensure they eat a healthy, balanced diet, with plenty of fruit and vegetables. There is also increasing evidence which suggests that Omega 3, found in fish and eggs, can help reduce risks of oral cancer, as can foods high in fibre such as brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, nuts and seeds.

“We must not forget tobacco is still the most likely cause of mouth cancer, linked to around 75% of all cases of a disease which kills one person every five hours in the UK. With new cases occurring all the time, many people still remain unaware of the risk smoking poses. Encouraging people to quit smoking and pursue a healthy lifestyle would reduce the risk of developing oral cancer.”

Mouth cancer is twice as common in men than in women, though an increasing number of women are being diagnosed with the disease. The number of young people being diagnosed with mouth, throat and food pipe cancer is increasing all the time. Researchers believe this is due to excessive smoking, drinking and an unhealthy diet among the young, while new research shows a dramatic rise in oral cancer as a result of the human papilloma virus and oral sex.

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