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

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Wagner
30 years experience General Surgery
Oral cancer/tobacco: No one knows for sure so quit chewing. The spitting part is yucky anyway.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Quon
41 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
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
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Simon Rosenberg
45 years experience Dentistry
It varies wildly: Chewing tobacco induces cancer by direct contact & by dissolving cancer producing chemicals in the saliva that pools in the floor of the mouth under t ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
It varies, but long.: Tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco, is certainly a risk factor. Most patients present at over age 50. There may be few or no symptoms. Mouth ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
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 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Unknown: The risk of mouth cancer is increased with tobacco exposure: smoked or chewed. How long it takes is not easy to answer. The risk does diminish over ti ... Read More
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Usually years: You should quit using tobacco while you are ahead. If you quit now, you reduce the damage to your body and lessen your risk for getting cancer later. ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Not sure that: Any one has done the human experiment of snuff dose/time/exposure to discern minimal dose and time of a carcinogen to cause a potentially lethal event ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
It can take long.: Most patients present at over age 50. Tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco, is certainly a risk factor. There may be few or no symptoms. Mouth can ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Years: Most cancers take years to develop from the time of initial stimulus. You should note that damage to the tissue starts early, within days to months, ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Variable: It usually takes a number of years, but it is not worth trying your luck. Please stop using tobacco in any form, immediately as the risk of cancer is ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Good question: But the problem is nobody can answer for sure. I guess it would require exposure for a few years but remember that cancer is seldom a one hit deal, a ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mazin Kizy
21 years experience Dentistry
Sometimes never: If you believe you way have oral cancer see a dentist as soon as possible. Sometimes there are no symptoms. By the time you develope symptoms it is ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Variable time: Each person has different susceptibility to cancer and the time from exposure to tobacco to cancer is extremely variable. However, if you use tobacco ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Benjamin
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Don't find out: You are referring to "gingival recession." here's some info from nci: http://dccps.Nci.Nih.Gov/tcrb/less_effects.Html the thought behind the questi ... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Smolders: The initial changes that lead to cancer begin years, maybe decades, before it appears, as evidenced by the fact that the longer a person has smoked, t ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Uma Swamy
Dr. Uma Swamy answered
15 years experience Radiation Oncology
No clear answer: While cancer doesn't develop overnight, processes leading upto cancer can take years. Here is a good overview on esophageal cancer http://www.Can ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
It's tobacco: It's addictive. It's foolish to ask when does the cancer come, when you should ask why would i play russian roulette. Adolescents have developed disfi ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sapozink
43 years experience Radiation Oncology
Unknown: Hpv is associated with throat cancer, but other factors (smoking, drinking alcohol)may be more important in carcinogenesis if they are present.
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