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A 47-year-old member asked:

is it possible to get oral cancer from smokeless tobacco?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes: Smokeless tobacco is an important cause of oral cancer. Alcohol is another. See this site for more info. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/tobacco/smokeless-tobacco.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Absolutely !: More so than cigarettes. Add alcohol into the mix and you are a real candidate. Quit while you're ahead. Your jaw, face, and neck will be glad you did.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

If i've been using smokeless tobacco for two years, how can I tell if I will get oral cancer?

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Dr. James Beck
Dentistry 11 years experience
High risk: Smokeless tobacco greatly increases your chances of oral cancer. If you drink alcohol with it, the risk is even greater. You will inevitably get some form of oral pathology if you continue to use smokeless tobacco. Please stop immediately.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Can using smokeless tobacco definitely give you oral cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Puts you at higher : Risk. Not all people who use tobacco get cancer, but users are at much higher risk for cancer. There is no redeeming value to using tobacco, so do not use tobacco in any form.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How can smokeless tobacco cause oral cancer?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Carcinogens: It is the carcinogens in the tobacco that leach into the soft tissues of your mouth and cause the changes on a cellular level that result in cancer cells forming.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What is the time it takes to get oral cancer using smokeless tobacco?

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Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
Tobacco of any kind: Tobacco use of any kind is the big leading cause of oral cancer.

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