So, the other day, I overheard a patient telling someone that his wife died of oral cancer because she chewed the side of her mouth. Now, I have been poking around the internet to see what I can find. I did find some information regarding leukoplakia and the belief that it may be caused by "chronic irritation of the oral mucosa". I'm curious because, ever since I quit smoking, I have been a chronic cheek chewer and have a horrible, white line of buccal scar tissue to prove it.
Can you direct me to any resources you may know of, or comments that may be helpful? Thanks ahead of time!