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Oral cancer linked to incense
Updated: 8/27/2008 12:00:34 PM
 

People who are regularly exposed to incense almost double their risk of suffering from upper-respiratory tract diseases such as mouth and throat cancer, new research claims.

Published in the journal Cancer, the study followed 61,000 cancer-free participants over a period of 12 years, monitoring their eating, drinking, smoking and lifestyle habits.

The Danish researchers discovered that long-term incense exposure raised the chances of developing carcinomas in the mouth, tongue, sinuses and larynx.

Previous research has uncovered numerous chemicals in incense smoke that may be dangerous to human health.

"Given that our results are backed by numerous experimental studies showing that incense is a powerful producer of particulate matter and that incense smoke contains carcinogenic substances, I believe incense should be used with caution," study author Dr Jeppe Friborg said, according to Health Day News.

Around 34,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer each year, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation.
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