Information about the Effects & Risks of Smoking:

Oral Cancer from Smoking

Oral Cancer - Smoking major risk factorOral cancer (Cancer of the Mouth) most commonly occur in the lips, cheek or tongue. Early signs might include white or red patches on the soft skin parts of the mouth. Later signs might include a lump, lesion or ulcer.    Some other symptoms include tongue problems, swallowing difficulty, mouth sores that do not heal in under two weeks.

Smoking is by far the major risk factor for developing oral cancer.

People with head and neck cancer that smoke are more likely to develop spread of the cancer to their lymph nodes and once in the nodes the cancer is more likely to spread into the soft tissues.