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September 09, 2013
Mouthwash Not Associated With Oral Cancer
There has been a
longstanding controversy whether use of mouthwash containing
a high alcohol content and the risk of oral cancer are associated. Researchers from the European Institute of
Oncology, the International Prevention Research Institute, and the Istituto di
Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri conducted an analysis of epidemiological
studies of mouthwash containing more than 25% alcohol and oral cancer.
Eighteen studies were included in the meta-analysis and researchers
reported there were no statistically significant associations between regular
use of mouthwash and risk of oral cancer. They found, furthermore, no significant trend
in risk of oral cancer associated with daily usage of mouthwash, and no
association between reported use of mouthwash specifically containing high
alcohol content and risk of oral cancer.