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How many ciggarettes does it take to get cancer

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
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

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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Not much time . . .: Risk of getting oral cancer from chewing/dipping tobacco depends upon how much you chew/dip and how frequently you do so. It also depends upon placeme... Read More
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
You know the cure: How fortunate you are -- you know how to cure yourself of worry! simply stop chewing tobacco since you realize it can cause oral cancer. There is no... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Smokeless tobacco?: At least a couple of years. It can be quite fast; teens are getting these nowadays. Don't push your luck. And the longer you chew, the harder it will ... Read More
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
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
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
No formula: This depends on your genetic tendencies and predisposition as well as the frequency of tanning and the severity of the burns. Your skin color will hav... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Golder Wilson
Specializes in Clinical Genetics
2-4 weeks: If you have breast-ovarian cancer (brca) gene testing, the results take 2-4 weeks. The test involves sequencing of these genes to find a "typo" (alter... 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 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

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