What's In Your Mouth?
Would you put PVC glue in your mouth? What about cement? Do you want to chew on some insulation? If you use chew tobacco that is exactly what you do. Chewing tobacco contains 28 carcinogens, including formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, arsenic, nickel, and cadmium! --- 30,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. More than 8,000 people will die from oral cancer each year - nearly 1 person per hour every hour. Of newly diagnosed individuals, only half will be alive in 5 years.
--- Tobacco is the number one risk factor for oral cancer. One study from the University of California San Francisco, found that more than eight out of ten oral cancer patients used tobacco.
--- All forms of tobacco can cause oral cancer: chewing tobacco, cigarettes, cigars, and pipe tobacco.
--- When you combine tobacco with alcohol, you have a 15 times greater risk of developing oral cancer than others who only use one of these substances.
How important is your mouth? You eat, drink, talk, smile, sing, and kiss with it. When cancer affects your mouth, it takes away these everyday functions and may even take your life. Chewing tobacco is not a safe alternative to smoking; it can be even harder to quit chewing tobacco than cigarettes. But there is help. Call the California Chewers' Helpline, 1-800-844-CHEW for information, referrals, and one-on-one help. You can quit.
Source: Oral Cancer Foundation website: www.oralcancerfoundation.org