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A 30-year-old member asked:

Please tell me how long it takes for to get oral cancer from chewing tobacco?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Usually years: It often takes years to develop oral cancer from chewing tobacco, however, there have been cases of teens developing oral cancer due to genetic susceptibility. Since one does not know one's genetic susceptibility, it is strongly advised to stay away from all tobacco products.
Dr. Keyur Mehta
Radiation Oncology 17 years experience
Same answer as snuff: There's no exact amount of time needed to develop oral cancer when using chewing tobacco; it could be 1 year, it could be 50 years, it could be never. One thing is for certain though, the more you use, the more likely you are to get it.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for chewing tobacco to cause oral cancer?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kathryn Wagner
General Surgery 31 years experience
Oral cancer/tobacco: No one knows for sure so quit chewing. The spitting part is yucky anyway.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to get oral cancer if using snuff?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Years: Most cancers take years to develop from the time of initial stimulus. You should note that damage to the tissue starts early, within days to months, of tobacco use and in a susceptible person may lead to cancer even with short duration of use. Some times the cancer develops years after the person stops using tobacco. Cessation of tobacco use is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to get oral cancer from chewing tobacco? Is there a known, calculated number?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: I am unaware of any published studies that can quantify how long you have to chew tobacco before being diagnosed. Oral cancer from chewing tobacco is obviously a concern. The number of times you chewed tobacco and your risk of getting oral cancer may also be dependent upon the type of tobacco you chew, the location (if you keep it in the same location), as well as how long you chewed it each time.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to get oral cancer from chewing tobacco? Worse if chew in off season?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
It varies, but long.: Alcohol use and tobacco use are the main risk factors for oral cancer. Most are seen in patients over 50 years of age. Oral cavity lesions present as nonhealing ulcers that are sometimes painful. So, usually, it takes a long time for this cancer to develop. But some people have it sooner, especially if they have too much tobacco and/or alcohol. Talk to your doctor about stopping tobacco use.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
It is not politically correct to say this, but chewing tobacco is much, much, much safer than smoking it. Very few chewers get oral cancer, but it's a grim disease. Most often, it's preceded by white or red premalignant lesions that you or your dentist would be likely to notice where you keep your chew.
Mar 29, 2012
A 45-year-old member asked:

How long until you get oral cancer from chewing tobacco?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Can't say: Can't give you a time. But now is. Good time to quit. See a dentist or oral surgeon for an oral cancer exam.

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