Every year, about 13,000 new cases of throat cancer are diagnosed. While researchers cannot determine the exact cause of throat cancer, they have identified several ways in which you can reduce your risk:
- Do not smoke. “When you inhale some of the chemicals in tobacco, they can cause genetic mutations in your throat that can lead to cancer,” says Adam S. Morgan, MD, otolaryngologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “The more you smoke, the more you expose yourself to these toxic chemicals.”
- Limit alcohol consumption. Limit yourself to one drink a day for women, and two drinks a day for men. Studies have shown that people who drink ample amounts of alcohol are more likely to be diagnosed with throat cancer.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. The antioxidants found in these foods may reduce your risk.
For more information, call 573-331-3000 or visit the Cancer Institute webpage.