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Black men 40 and older at highest risk for oral cancer

from The Louisiana Weekly

When people think about diseases related to smoking and alcohol, oral cancer isn't usually one that comes to mind. But the combination of tobacco use and heavy alcohol consumption accounts for most cases of oral cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the incidence rate of oral cancer among black men in Orleans Parish was 19 cases per 100,000 people between 2002 and 2006, the most recent data available. In fact, oral cancer is one of the leading causes of death for black men. more

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