A 18-year-old male asked:
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im a senior in high school and have been chewing since the middle of freshman year and i was wondering if its common for a teenager to get oral cancer?

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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
38 years experience Pediatrics
Sooner than latter: Just look at baseball players and how many have died of oral cancer. Babe ruth for one. The younger tou are the longer you will be at risk if you do not stop. There at least 30, 000 people that get oral and throat cancer every year, less than half make it to 5 years. Besides, nothing is sexier than a mouth full of brown spit and bad breath. It will affect your social life as well.
Answered on Feb 7, 2017
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Dr. Reza Shirazi
19 years experience Radiation Oncology
As you get older: The risk increases as you get older. The number of years you do the insult, it increases the risk. The sooner you stop, the sooner the insult stops. It typically takes years to see the result of the insult to the tissue, and the reason you don't typically diagnose these cancers till a few decades later. Best thing to do is stop now.
Answered on Feb 7, 2017
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Dr. James Gulley
25 years experience Hematology and Oncology
It is not common: While it is not common for a teenager to get oral cancer, it is much more common for people who chew tobacco products to get oral cancer than those who don't chew. Be smart, quit now!
Answered on Jul 7, 2013
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