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A 36-year-old member asked:

i do skoal pouches occasionally. what are the chances of cancer?

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Dr. Dale Rottman
Dentistry 44 years experience
Pretty High: Chewing tobacco is very irritating to the oral tissues. Even if you dont get oral cancer, you are doing damage to the tissues. There is a high cancer rate with chewing tobacco.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

How does chew and skoal dip give you cancer? There's no smoke involved.

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
While the: Smoke isn't innocuous, the carcinogens are in the tobacco. Regardless of the way you use it, there are cancer risks, and risks of addiction. Oral cancers and lip are the main ones with dip/snuff/chew. People in early adolescence have gotten cancer and died of this. Do yourself a favor, drop it.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the odds of cancer from using skoal tobacco?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
About 1%: From my reading a few years back, about 1% of people who use smokeless tobacco will get a cancer. It's politically incorrect to say this, but if you can't stop using tobacco altogether, smokeless tobacco is much less risky than cigs. Do keep an eye on the place where you keep your skoal, and anything that looks strange goes for biopsy.
Finland
A 17-year-old male asked:

Im 17 i have tried snuss maybe 40 times maybe once a week. I have quit. Am i likely to get cancer from that amount of snus. Should i be scared.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Be very afraid: Not of cancer, but that you will try it a 41st time and discover that you cannot quit. You will be enslaved to an unpleasant habit that gives a (quite small) risk of cancer and a 100% of of being a huge turn-off for at least one girl in your future. Don't do that. Be smart.
Lake Oswego, OR
A member asked:

Do tobacco pouches cause cancer? Chew

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Not: Not the pouches, cancer is caused by the tobacco itself. And Oral Cancer is particularly malignant, with high morbidity and mortality rates.

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