Causes of Lip Cancer

As with most cancers, doctors can’t tell you with certainty what causes lip cancer. It’s a combination of genetic predisposition and factors in your environment.

  • Ultraviolet radiation:This is just like skin cancer. People who are outdoors a great deal are more likely to get lip cancer. Also, lip cancer is more likely to be on the lower lip because it is less protected from the sun than the upper lip.
  • Tobacco:Smoking cigarettes, cigars or pipes and using chewing tobacco greatly increase your chance of getting any oral cancer.
  • Alcohol:Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol is also strongly associated with getting oral squamous cell cancers. Moreover, if you both smoke and drink heavily, the risk more than doubles.
  • Betel nut: This is the seed of the areca tree. It is often chewed by people from Southeast Asia and is known to cause oral cancer.

Other factors that can increase your chance of getting any oral cancer include:

  • Marijuana
  • Bad dental hygiene
  • Viruses
  • Food and nutrition
  • Genetic factors