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How long does it take for chewing tobacco to cause oral cancer

A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Wagner
General Surgery 31 years experience
Oral cancer/tobacco: No one knows for sure so quit chewing. The spitting part is yucky anyway.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Usually years: In most people oral cancer develops after years or decades of tobacco exposure. However, genetically susceptible person may develop it much faster to... Read More
Dr. Michael Korona
Interventional Radiology 33 years experience
No set time: Stop chewing or dipping.

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: I am unaware of any published studies that can quantify how long you have to chew tobacco before being diagnosed. Oral cancer from chewing tobacco ... Read More
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
No: There is no known, calculated number for the time required to develop oral cancer from chewing tobacco. However, using smokeless tobacco greatly incre... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
It varies, but long.: Alcohol use and tobacco use are the main risk factors for oral cancer. Most are seen in patients over 50 years of age. Oral cavity lesions present a... Read More
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Every chew releases: Carcinogens; the cancer may take years to appear after a single exposure. There are teenagers that have had disfiguring operations to save their lives... Read More
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Varies: Oral cancer has developed in teen agers from use of oral tobacco. Usually it takes many years. It is a very bad idea to use tobacco in any form. Th... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Hematology and Oncology 37 years experience
Not sure: Cancer development generally requires a "latent' period to develop. How long that is, is different for different people and different cancers. Best to... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Usually years: It often takes years to develop oral cancer from chewing tobacco, however, there have been cases of teens developing oral cancer due to genetic suscep... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 35 years experience
No one knows: A minimal amount so assume any puts you at risk for disease. 1-2 times may infintessimily increase risk.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Can't say: Can't give you a time. But now is. Good time to quit. See a dentist or oral surgeon for an oral cancer exam.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Schneider
Dentistry 38 years experience
Yes: Oral cancer has multiple risk factors - chewing tobacco is one additional risk factor and should be avoided.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Who knows?: I doubt there are any scientific studies to answer that question. The more you use the any type of tobacco, the greater your risks. Why play with fir... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: Oral cancer from chewing tobacco is obviously a concern. The number of times you chewed tobacco and your risk of getting oral cancer may also be depen... Read More

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