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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 37 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.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Years: Usually years. Less if other risk factors like heavy drinking. Why not stop now. See oral surgeon or ENT doc if you have current symptoms.

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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 32 years experience
Oral cancer/tobacco: No one knows for sure so quit chewing. The spitting part is yucky anyway.
A 39-year-old member asked:

I tried chewing tobacco once, will i get cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
How much and how : Long? If your use was only a trial of use, your risk of cancer is not affected. I trust that you are not using tobacco in any form, any more.
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 50 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.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Chances of getting cancer from chewing tobacco?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Edward Kuhnley
Child Psychiatry 46 years experience
Chances too much!: There is no safe form of tobacco. At least 28 chemicals in smokeless tobacco have been found to cause cancer. Smokeless tobacco causes oral cancer, esophageal cancer, and pancreatic cancer but also heart disease, gum disease, and oral lesions other than cancer, such as leukoplakia (precancerous white patches in the mouth). Do yourself an enormous favor and do not use tobacco in any form.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How quickly can you get oral cancer from smokeless chewing tobacco?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Who knows?: I doubt there are any scientific studies to answer that question. The more you use the any type of tobacco, the greater your risks. Why play with fire and expose yourself to unnecessary health risks? In the end it's not worth it. Besides, if you are the 1 in million (just an arbitrary figure and expression) who gets oral cancer, for you its 100%.

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