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Can chewing tobacco cause throat cancer?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 42 years experience
Chewing tobacco: Tobacco can cause mouth cancer when chewed, and cancer in the rest of the respiratory tract when smoked. With an increased risk of cancer anywhere tobacco touches, why use! get help to stop from your doctor.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Yes: Tobacco use is associated with mouth and throat cancer, as well cancers in other parts of the body.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Snuff and chew: Tobacco products are most likely associated with oral cavity cancers (cheek, tongue, floor of mouth, gum) but oropharynx (tonsil, tongue base, voice box and hypopharynx (area behind and next to voice box, larynx) are susceptible to carcinogens in these products. They also ruin your teeth, give you bad breath, and make you a social pariah. It's addictive too.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Absolutely: Oral cancer is on the rise and both smoking and chewing tobacco are carcinogenic. It's too high a risk to take a chance. Too many people and their families and friends pay the price for this kind of foolish habit.
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Dec 6, 2012

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