Study: Oral biopsies provide opportunity to discuss risk factors – 36% of tobacco users quit smoking at time of biopsy

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A study published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery found physicians advising at-risk patients of the risks associated with continued tobacco and alcohol could influence their behavior.

The study also included adults diagnosed with hyperkeratosis, dysplasia or carcinoma.

Here's what you need to know.

1. Researchers analyzed 605 patients' behavior changes to determine the association between changes in alcohol or tobacco use and an oral biopsy.

2. Patients with more severe clinical diagnosis were more inclined to quit smoking and drinking alcohol following their biopsies.

3. A higher percentage of patients with dysplasia quit smoking and drinking alcohol than those with hyperkeratosis.

4. Nearly 9 percent of patients who were using alcohol stopped drinking after undergoing an oral biopsy and 36 percent of tobacco users quit smoking.

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