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A male asked:

Where in the mouth does oral cancer from chewing usually develop?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Oral cancer: Oral cancer usually develops in the place where you pocket the wad of tobacco. If you see or feel anything unusual in your mouth, please see an oral surgeon or ENT doctor immediately. Oral cancers are curable if detected early. And STOP CHEWING!!!! It's a nasty habit that causes cancer, bad breath, teeth loss, and datelessness!
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
VAries: Oral tobacco can cause cancer anywhere in the mouth or throat . The most common site is where the chew is placed but can occur other places.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

How long do you have to chew tobacco before you start to develop mouth cancer?

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Dr. Jared Plitt
Dentistry 21 years experience
Nobody knows.: Everyone has a certain risk for developing cancer based on their genetics, lifestyle, habits, etc... The more exposure to tobacco you have the more your risk goes up. It's hard to be more specific than that.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How do people develop mouth cancer?

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Dr. Donald Nimz
Dentistry 44 years experience
Tobacco and alcohol : Predominately, tobacco use and drinking alcohol can lead to oral cancer. A recent study showed that over 90% of oral cancers were associated with combining heavy smoking and heavy drinking.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are the signs that you are developing mouth cancer?

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Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Ulcers: A sore in the mouth that just doesn't heal.

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Last updated Aug 1, 2018


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