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how many ciggarettes does it take to get cancer

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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

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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
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29 years experience Geriatrics
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
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
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 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 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 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
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
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A 32-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
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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 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 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

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