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A 44-year-old member asked:

How many years does it take to get oral cancer from chewing tobacco?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 38 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 quit chewing tobacco, or to have never started.
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 29 years experience
Usually decades.: Most patients present at over 50 years of age, but alcohol and tobacco use (also smokeless) are risk factors and therefore some especially prone, heavy users may get it sooner. It would be best to stop all tobacco use as soon as you can.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Varies- Quit Tobacco: It usually takes years to decades, however, oral cancer has developed in teenagers using chewing tobacco. Quit the habit as it may take a short time in a suseptible individual. Other factors being hpv infection, immune status and genetic make-up of the person, .
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Who knows?: I doubt there are any scientific studies to answer that question. The more you use the any type of tobacco, the greater your risks. Why play with fire and expose yourself to unnecessary health risks? In the end it's not worth it. Besides, if you are the 1 in million (just an arbitrary figure and expression) who gets oral cancer, for you its 100%.
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How often do you have to chew tobacco in order to get oral cancer?

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Oral cancer/tobacco: No one knows for sure so quit chewing. The spitting part is yucky anyway.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

How long until you get oral cancer from chewing tobacco?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 37 years experience
Can't say: Can't give you a time. But now is. Good time to quit. See a dentist or oral surgeon for an oral cancer exam.
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Last updated Jul 18, 2018
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