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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Help please! could chewing gum cause cancer?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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Help please! could chewing gum cause cancer?

No: Life is alarming enough without people making up foolish claims to frighten you. Enjoy your gum. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that occur in almost any organ or tissue in the body. Symptoms depend on the location of the cancer, and cancer often has the potential to grow and spread to other ...Read more


Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
44 years in practice
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Please help! does bubble gum/chewing gum cause cancer?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
44 years in practice
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Please help! does bubble gum/chewing gum cause cancer?

Unlikely: If you are using usual chewing gum, and not tobacco laced gum, your risk is no greater than that of a normal person. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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I chew gum 4 times a week. Does bubble gum or chewing gum cause cancer?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
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I chew gum 4 times a week. Does bubble gum or chewing gum cause cancer?

No: As long as there is no tobacco in your gum, chewing gum will not increase your risk of cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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Can chewing gum give you a greater risk of having cancer?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
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No: I wish they were all this easy to answer. Life's too short to worry about silly fears generated by people with agendas or overactive imaginations. Thanks for asking. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Rothstein
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Ive had this feeling for 2 weeks. Its like there is sticky chewing gum stuck in my thoart. Could it be cancer? Its on my left side. Can u help?

Dr. Stephen Rothstein
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Ive had this feeling for 2 weeks. Its like there is sticky chewing gum stuck in my thoart. Could it be cancer? Its on my left side. Can u help?

Throat: Could be not drinking enough fluids of a sign of silent acid relux or LPR. See an ENT doctor to check it out. ...Read more

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Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
Board Certified, Nuclear Medicine
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Needing expert help. I have heard from somewhere that excess chewing of gum causes cancer?

Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
Board Certified, Nuclear Medicine
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Needing expert help. I have heard from somewhere that excess chewing of gum causes cancer?

Saccharin: Some sugarless gum contains saccharin. Studies have argued that there is a link between saccharin and cancer. Many of the studies are flawed. Likely you would need to consume an extremely large amount of gum for anything to happen. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Can chewing too much sugar-free gum cause cancer?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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Can chewing too much sugar-free gum cause cancer?

Very much doubt it: Anything can be "shown to cause cancer" by giving preposterous doses to lab animals, or trying to get people with cancer to remember having used it. Forty years in medicine has taught me that the real causes of cancer that consistently hold up are things that mutate genes (and a few things that gravely damage epithelium). Despite the hoopla, I have no reason for real concern. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Board Certified, Pathology
23 years in practice
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Is it true biting your cheeks cause mouth cancer? I do it on accident couple times when chewing gums because of my.Back molars

Dr. Joseph Woods
Board Certified, Pathology
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Is it true biting your cheeks cause mouth cancer? I do it on accident couple times when chewing gums because of my.Back molars

No.: Mouth cancer is caused most by alcohol and tobacco use, including smoking and chewing/smokeless tobacco. This usually presents by 50 years of age, and in the form of non-healing ulcers that can be painful. Teenagers might get it if they are particularly susceptable and do a lot of smoking, drinking alcohol, and chewing tobacco. Biting your cheeks should be discouraged, but it does not do this. ...Read more

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Can lockjaw be caused by chewing gum?

Dr. Luis Villaplana
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Metal gum: Not the lockjaw process you get from tetanus. If chewing gum causes you jaw claudication, you need to see a ENT or maxillofacial specialist. On the other hand and as a fellow gum chewer, switch brands, get the softest, sugarless gum you can. ...Read more

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Dr. Earl Sandroff
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Can chewing gum cause an allergic reaction?

Dr. Earl Sandroff
Board Certified, Dentistry
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Can chewing gum cause an allergic reaction?

Something in the gum: Gum...Like any other substance or food is made of many different ingredients. So..There may be some chemical or natural product in the gum that you may be allergic to. Like strawberry flavored gum or licorice. If you know you have an allergy to something then don't chew the gum with that item in it. Go see an allergist if you are worried. ...Read more

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