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How long does it take for oral cancer to develop

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
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
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Hematology and Oncology 37 years experience
Usually many years: Oral cancer is generally an illness of people in their 50s and above, thus, it usually takes many years to develop.

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A 41-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. Richard Charmoy
Dentistry 36 years experience
Can put time frame: You can never put a time frame on oral cancer. I do a visual oral cancer screening on all my patients every visit 3, 6 months recall visits. I had a ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mazin Kizy
Dentistry 22 years experience
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
Dr. Ronald Koslowski
Prosthodontics 30 years experience
Could take years: It also depends on if you smoke, drink alcohol, or engage in other high risk behaviors. Don't wait for symptoms to appear, though. Your dentist should... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Variable: Most people do not get cancer from hpv infection. Other factors, such as use of tobacco, alcohol and other infections may increase the risk. Genetic... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
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 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.
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
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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Please rephrase: How long does it take cancer to develop from what? Naturally (genetic), from smoking, from chewing tobacco? Cancer occurs when cells mutate due to gen... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
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

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