Some 185 people are diagnosed with mouth cancer in Northern Ireland each year, figures show — and three-quarters are smokers.
According to the Queen’s University Cancer Research Centre report, over a third of patients diagnosed with oral cancer die from the disease.
Professor Dennis McCance from the centre for cancer research and cell biology said: “Mouth cancer is traditionally found in men who are either smokers or heavy drinkers. There are three times as many men with the disease as women.”
Gerry Bleakney of the Public Health Agency said: “Certain lifestyle choices can increase an individual’s risk of developing mouth cancer. Tobacco is considered to be the main cause of mouth cancer.”