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How long does it take to get mouth cancer from chewing tobacco

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
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
Dr. David Masiello
Hematology and Oncology 18 years experience
Years: The development of mouth cancer due to tobacco related products takes years and multiple exposures.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Variable: Teen agers have developed cancer of the mouth from chewing tobacco. For most people who get cancer, it takes years of this habit. The time-lag is de... Read More

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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Hematology and Oncology 37 years experience
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
Dr. David May
Dentistry 30 years experience
Impossible to know: There are people who have used it all their lives and there are people who have died in their early twenties from it. If you don't have cancer now, s... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Simon Rosenberg
Dentistry 46 years experience
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
Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
It varies: Some people use chewing tobacco and never develop cancer. In others it can happen quickly. It probably is an interplay between the cancer-causing ch... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Technically yes: The more you dip the greater are your chances.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 16 years experience
Difficult to see: This is a big reason to see a dentist on a regular basis for checkups. As with many types of cancer, catching "mouth cancer" early greatly improves y... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
Any: Any amount exposes you to the risk.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Corben
Cosmetic Dentistry 40 years experience
Short answer is yes.: Any irritant consistently applied to tissue can cause premalignant lesions that can later turn malignant. If you are abusing methamphetamines, then ot... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Yes: So do not chew tobacco at all.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
100% YES: This is not to be taken lightly. Oral cancer can kill and you should not hesitate to contact your denist and if they are uncertain you can be seen by... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jared Plitt
Dentistry 20 years experience
Nobody knows.: Everyone has a certain risk for developing cancer based on their genetics, lifestyle, habits, etc... The more exposure to tobacco you have the more yo... Read More

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