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A 33-year-old member asked:

is it possible for a 21 year old who doesn't smoke/chew tobacco and who isn't sexually active to get oral cancer?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Possible: Possible, but not probable.
Dr. Jon Molinare
Dentistry 32 years experience
Oral Ca: Yes it possible for a person to still contract an oral cancer. There are many variables that can contributing factors. Regular dental checkups with screenings would hopefully catch any condition early enough to treat with a good prognosis.
Dr. Sami Latif
Dr. Sami Latif commented
Dentistry 37 years experience
No likely to see that I'm young adults who does not smoke or chew Cancer can occur but not likely
Mar 2, 2013
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Yes, but low risk: Unfortunately, anyone can develop oral cancer (or any other cancer). Another big risk factor is alcohol use. To a lesser degree, excessive sun exposure can cause cancer of the lips. Reduce your risks and lead a healthy life style and don't be overly concerned. Excessive worry is not healthy either. Get routine head and neck soft tissues exams at your dentist.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

If I chew tobacco once a month, how will that increase my chance of getting oral cancer?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Increases: Any use of smokeless tobacco increases your chances. It's like asking: if i walk across the freeway, what are the chances i'll get hit? The more often you do it, the more likely it will be.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How often do you have to chew tobacco in order to develop oral cancer?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 41 years experience
Better chance: Tobacco usage in any form and in any frequency increases your chances for mouth cancer by exposing your tissues to hundreds of toxic chemicals proven to cause cancer. Why take the risk? Stop all forms of tobacco use and enjoy life!
A 30-year-old member asked:

How often do you have to chew tobacco in order to get oral cancer?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
No set amount: You can use it once and that is enough. There is no way to predict how your soft tissues will react to the carcinogens. In any event, every time you use it, it increases your chances. It's almost like playing the lottery, but in a very bad way... You don't want to be the winner of this prize. Quit while you're ahead.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How often can you have to chew tobacco in order to oral cancer?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Once: Every time you bathe your oral tissues with the carcinogens that exude from the tobacco, you increase your chances. It's like playing the lottery, but in a bad way. The sooner you stop the less your chances of developing cancer.
A 39-year-old member asked:

So i'm curious if i chew tobacco once a month, will I have a high chance of getting a type of oral cancer?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
No set answer: You seem to be asking if chewing once a month is "safe". Every time you chew (or smoke), you increase your chances of developing cancer. Since no one can predict how susceptible you are to the carcinogens, it is impossible to tell you how high your chances are... Just that you are at risk.

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