A 24-year-old male asked:
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ive smoked on and off for 8 years.what are the chances of having oral leukoplakia(pre malignant lesion in mouth) by the age of 25? would this be rare?

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Dr. John Thaler
40 years experience Prosthodontics
Very real: This would not be rare at all. You have racked up 8 years times the amount per day (measured in packs = ppd) .So, at one ppd you have accumulated 8 pack years. Multiply that by 365 days times 20 cigarettes per pack and get the total of 58,400 smokes.Think heat plus chemicals times how long it takes to smoke one cig and that is how much exposure your mouth has had. Be sure to be checked. Smart=Quit
Answered on Mar 4, 2015
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Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
High risk: More than 80% of patients with oral leukoplakia have a history of tobacco use.
Answered on Feb 12, 2020
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