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

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience in 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 quit chewing tobacco, or to have never started.
Answered on Apr 4, 2012

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