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A 39-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to get oral cancer from chewing tobacco? is there a known, calculated number?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
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 is obviously a concern. The number of times you chewed tobacco and your risk of getting oral cancer may also be dependent upon the type of tobacco you chew, the location (if you keep it in the same location), as well as how long you chewed it each time.
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
No: There is no known, calculated number for the time required to develop oral cancer from chewing tobacco. However, using smokeless tobacco greatly increases the risk of developing oral cancer. It would be in your best interest to discontinue using chewing tobacco!
Dr. Scott Greenhalgh
Dentistry 33 years experience
Like other types of cancer, your risk is increased based upon family history, or other risk factors like drinking alcohol. Chewing tobacco is especially potent. Go in for an exam to see what early tissue changes may already be apparent.
Oct 15, 2012

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Please tell me how long it takes for to get oral cancer from chewing tobacco?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Usually years: It often takes years to develop oral cancer from chewing tobacco, however, there have been cases of teens developing oral cancer due to genetic susceptibility. Since one does not know one's genetic susceptibility, it is strongly advised to stay away from all tobacco products.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the odds of getting oral cancer if you've only did chewing tobacco a number of times?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: Oral cancer from chewing tobacco is obviously a concern. The number of times you chewed tobacco and your risk of getting oral cancer may also be dependent upon the type of tobacco you chew, the location (if you keep it in the same location), as well as how long you chewed it each time.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for chewing tobacco to cause oral cancer?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kathryn Wagner
General Surgery 31 years experience
Oral cancer/tobacco: No one knows for sure so quit chewing. The spitting part is yucky anyway.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to get oral cancer if using snuff?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
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, of tobacco use and in a susceptible person may lead to cancer even with short duration of use. Some times the cancer develops years after the person stops using tobacco. Cessation of tobacco use is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How quickly can you get oral cancer from smokeless chewing tobacco?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
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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