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How long does it take for oral cancer to develop

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 49-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 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 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
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
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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 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience Family Medicine
It depends...: Different type of cancers develops differently. For example, it takes approximately 10 years for colon cancer to do so, hence the recommendation to ha ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
Not known.: This is a question with a very variable answer. Most cancer patients present with local or advanced disease, with just cancer present. This is usual ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Uma Swamy
Dr. Uma Swamy answered
15 years experience Radiation Oncology
Depends: No definite answer. Hpv virus can cause mutations which can lead to cancer development. Our body often clears hpv on its own before mutations that lea ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mohammad Ashori
15 years experience Family Medicine
3-4 weeks: It depends on the person's oral hygiene habits. With smokers and those who don't brush or floss it can set on within a couple of weeks. For the rest o ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Russell Lieblick
20 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Depends : Periodontitis is an inflammatory condition caused by certain oral bacteria and characterized by bone loss around teeth. Some people can have very poor ... 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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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 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Jakubowicz
21 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Depends: Depends what you mean by fully developed. A cancer can occur and grow within weeks to months and can spread equally as quickly or some can develop ove ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: Some people whose local and systemic immune response is compromised may develop genital warts in a matter of weeks, whereas those whose immune system ... Read More
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A 68-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clarence Lyons
19 years experience Family Medicine
No answer for: This depends. It is different for different people.
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
?: Children and teenagers can get lung cancer.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Marra
28 years experience Radiology
10-15 years: Cervical cancer is felt to almost always be related to certain strains of HPV infection through prior sexual contact. Most cases of HPV infection do ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
In 1 wk: HPV, associated with squamous Ca affects two different areas. One is in the vagina cervix and the other in the H&N. In either case, the identifi ... Read More
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 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
It varies: While different people have different "affinity" to tobacco, it may take only 1 time for someone to get addicted, whereas others never develop a true ... Read More

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