At Albuquerque Periodontal & Implant Specialists Inc., we prioritize the early detection of oral cancer during comprehensive dental examinations. Our experienced team is trained to identify the signs of oral cancer, enabling timely intervention and treatment. While everyone is susceptible to this disease, certain risk factors heighten the likelihood of its development. Here are seven key factors to consider:


Individuals in their mid-40s and older face an increased risk of oral cancer. While historically, the majority of cases occurred around the age of 62, recent trends show a decline in the average age of diagnosis due to factors such as Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infections. It’s imperative to undergo regular oral cancer screenings regardless of age.


Men are twice as likely as women to develop oral cancer, attributed in part to higher rates of alcohol and tobacco consumption. However, the gender gap is narrowing as more women engage in these habits. Both men and women should prioritize regular oral health examinations.


Smoking or using oral tobacco products significantly elevates the risk of oral cancer, affecting various parts of the mouth and throat. Even non-smokers are susceptible, emphasizing the importance of professional oral examinations.


Heavy alcohol consumption is associated with approximately 70% of oral cancer cases. Those who exceed recommended alcohol intake guidelines are at heightened risk, though oral cancer can still occur in abstainers.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV):

HPV infections contribute to a significant number of oral cancer diagnoses annually, particularly among younger individuals who may not have a history of tobacco or alcohol use. Regular dental visits are crucial for early detection and proactive management.


Prolonged exposure to sunlight, especially for individuals working outdoors, increases the risk of lip cancer. UV protection, such as lip balms with SPF, is essential for mitigating this risk.


Poor nutrition, particularly diets low in fruits and vegetables, is linked to a higher risk of oral cancer. However, oral cancer can affect individuals with healthy diets as well. Regular oral examinations remain vital for all individuals.

Oral cancer does not discriminate based on age, gender, or lifestyle factors. Regardless of one’s risk profile, regular dental examinations are paramount for early detection and intervention. Our team at Albuquerque Periodontal & Implant Specialists Inc. is committed to providing comprehensive oral examinations to safeguard your oral health. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and prioritize your well-being.

Albuquerque Periodontal & Implant Specialists Inc.
Phone: 505-275-0500
8400 Osuna Road NE, Suite 1A
Albuquerque, NM 87111