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A 53-year-old member asked:

What amount of chewing tobacco causes mouth cancer?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Any: Any amount exposes you to the risk.
Dr. Helmy Guirgis
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Why run the risk?: I agree that the risk of cancer from chewing tobacco exists. What amount s difficult to answer. As a rule of thumb, it takes time and frequency. Genes would probably make you more susceptible. There are other risks too. Staining of teeth....Smell, waste of money.. A bad habit . Walk on the beach, smell the roses, play sport, visit a friend, it is just a ad habit do not play with fire.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

Can chewing tobacco put you at risk for cancer in the mouth?

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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Absolutely: It is a well known risk factor.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the first signs of mouth cancer from chewing tobacco?

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Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 17 years experience
Difficult to see: This is a big reason to see a dentist on a regular basis for checkups. As with many types of cancer, catching "mouth cancer" early greatly improves your chances of defeating it. A dentist has many tools at their disposal to see very small lesions that could be or eventually turn into cancer.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for mouth cancer to develop from chewing tobacco?

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Dr. Simon Rosenberg
Prosthodontics 47 years experience
It varies wildly: Chewing tobacco induces cancer by direct contact & by dissolving cancer producing chemicals in the saliva that pools in the floor of the mouth under the tongue. There are high school kids who develop cancer in a few years while others develop more slowly. Chewing tobacco has many other harmful effects of periodontal bone loss, gum infections, increased decay, poor wound healing, nicotine addiction.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to get mouth cancer from chewing tobacco?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 29 years experience
It varies, but long.: Tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco, is certainly a risk factor. Most patients present at over age 50. There may be few or no symptoms. Mouth cancers can present as non healing ulcers that can be painful. Rarely, there can be painless lymph node enlaregement. Patients are staged by size of tumor and lymph node involvement.
A 34-year-old member asked:

From one time of doing chewing tobacco, can I get mouth cancer?

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Technically yes: The more you dip the greater are your chances.

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