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As a doctor do you feel that tobacco is the main cause of lung cancer, or is it the chemicals big companies pt, or is there not enough research?

As a doctor do you feel that tobacco is the main cause of lung cancer, or is it the chemicals big companies pt, or is there not enough research?

YES,: But not because of the nicotine that gets you hooked, but from all the other components such as the tar and the heat of the smoke is also a factor. Do non- smokers get lung cancer, yes they do but not in the high numbers we see from first hand and second hand smoke from tobacco. The only chemical that has been a cause for concern is the addition of extra nitcotine in the tobacco, but can't prove ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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What exactly is it that causes lung cancer. Is it the nicotine, the tobacco, or the smoke?

What exactly is it that causes lung cancer. Is it the nicotine, the tobacco, or the smoke?

The smoke: It is the smoke that causes the lung cancer. The smoke causes an intense inflammatory reaction in the lungs, and when this continues for years and years, it can cause lung cancer.

Now, the nicotine itself doesn't usually cause the cancer, but it is more addictive than heroin. Thus, you get hooked on the cigarettes, which have the smoke, which causes the cancer. A very, very sinister product. ...Read more

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Please explain why tobacco causes lung cancer?

Please explain why tobacco causes lung cancer?

It's complicated.: Smoking accounts for the vast majority (but not all) cases of lung cancer. Cigarette smoke contains many substances (carcinogens) that predispose to cancer. They do this in different ways, like interfering with normal lung cell functions, making them divide more rapidly or die more slowly, or by suppressing the normal immune response to tumors. Don't smoke. ...Read more

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Can you get lung cancer from smoking tobacco / nicotine free herbal cigarettes?

Can you get lung cancer from smoking tobacco / nicotine free herbal cigarettes?

Yes: Smoke is an irritant to the lining of the lungs, causing the body to react and "defend" against the irritation and try to remove the smoke particles. Some smoke compounds are known to cause cells to become cancerous. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever got lung cancer from smoking marijuana And never smoking tobacco? I cant find any documented cases no matter how hard I look

Has anyone ever got lung cancer from smoking marijuana And never smoking tobacco? I cant find any documented cases no matter how hard I look

Marijuana contains: Carcinogens, some in comparably higher levels than in cigarettes, so there is a theoretical risk. However, clinical studies have failed to demonstrate a clear association with lung cancer. ...Read more

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My mom has several 4mm nodules on her lungs. Never used tobacco. Family history of lung cancer. Has cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, chest's tight?

Mgt: Among possible causes are infection, malignancy.
I would suggest samples from her airway be sent for testing.
A TB test to rule out TB may be ordered.
A virtual consult can be booked online and her Chest images viewed at that time. ...Read more

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Can chewing tobacco cause throat cancer?

Can chewing tobacco cause throat cancer?

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. ...Read more

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What causes chewing tobacco to cause cancer but chewing, let's say, maple leaves doesn't?

What causes chewing tobacco to cause cancer but chewing, let's say, maple leaves doesn't?

Chewing tabacco: Chewing tabacco has many known carcinogens. Betel nut chewing has also been linked to carcinogenesis. ...Read more

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Why does chewing tobacco, which contains absolutely no smoke or tar at all, cause cancer?

Why does chewing tobacco, which contains absolutely no smoke or tar at all, cause cancer?

Carcinogens: At least 28 chemicals (carcinogens) in smokeless tobacco can cause cancer. The most harmful chemicals are tobacco-specific nitrosamines, which are formed during the growing, curing, fermenting, and aging of tobacco. The level of nitrosamines varies by product and scientists have found that the nitrosamine level is directly related to the risk of cancer. ...Read more

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What causes chewing tobacco to cause cancer (i still don't understand why)?

What causes chewing tobacco to cause cancer (i still don't understand why)?

Carcinogens: At least 28 chemicals (carcinogens) in smokeless tobacco can cause cancer. The most harmful chemicals are tobacco-specific nitrosamines, which are formed during the growing, curing, fermenting, and aging of tobacco. The level of nitrosamines varies by product and scientists have found that the nitrosamine level is directly related to the risk of cancer. ...Read more

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Can HPV itself cause cancer in penis and oropharynx or do the other risk factors need to be met. Like collection of smegma, smoking chewing tobacco etc?

Can HPV itself cause cancer in penis and oropharynx or do the other risk factors need to be met. Like collection of smegma, smoking chewing tobacco etc?

Synergy: Having more than one risk factor usually raises cancer risk a lot more than just adding up the odds. For penis cancer, HPV plus lack of circumcision is the usual combination of risk factors. For oropharyngeal, the risk is more additive, according to this:

http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/27197530 ...Read more

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I understand that chewing tobacco is a cause of mouth cancer, but can use of methamphetamine also cause cancer in the mouth?

I understand that chewing tobacco is a cause of mouth cancer, but can use of methamphetamine also cause cancer in the mouth?

Short answer is yes.: Any irritant consistently applied to tissue can cause premalignant lesions that can later turn malignant. If you are abusing methamphetamines, then other systemic health problems may also ensue that are just as serious! Please call your physician, dentist or drug help line for help as soon as possible! Don't ruin your life! ...Read more

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How many dips of chewing tobacco a day would be reasonably safe in the aspect of not developing cancer?

None, zero, nada: You cannot tell how much is enough to cause cancer in a particular individual. My advise: don't dip at all. ...Read more

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Can chewing tobacco help prevent cancer?

Can chewing tobacco help prevent cancer?

NO!: 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. ...Read more

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Can you get tongue cancer by chewing tobacco?

Can you get tongue cancer by chewing tobacco?

ABSOLUTELY: Smoking, excessive drinking, chewing tobacco, dipping snuff are all very high risk activities for developing cancer in the mouth and throat region - not just the tongue. ...Read more

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I tried chewing tobacco once, will I get cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get cancer after chewing tobacco for just 6 months?

Yes: But it is also possible for anyone to get cancer, even if they have not been chewing tobacco. We know chewing tobacco increases the risk of certain types of cancer. See your md. ...Read more

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Can you get oral cancer from chewing tobacco twice?

Can you get oral cancer from chewing tobacco twice?

No one knows: A minimal amount so assume any puts you at risk for disease. 1-2 times may infintessimily increase risk. ...Read more

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Will chewing tobacco make your chest and lungs feel tight and hurt?

Will chewing tobacco make your chest and lungs feel tight and hurt?

Chewing tobacco: Possible due to nicotine but not likely. Is this the first time you chewed tobacco? If so, WHY? If the symptoms persist, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Could I get cancer or rotted teeth from chewing tobacco?

Could I get cancer or rotted teeth from chewing tobacco?

Cancer easily: Chewing tobacco contains known carcinogens. The odds that you will get oral cancer if you chew are much higher than if you do not. Chewing tobacco by itself will not significantly increase your rate of tooth decay. ...Read more

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I tried chewing tobacco today. I have two small bumps the size of a period on a piece of paper. What's going on? Cancer?

Not cancer: Cancer takes months to years to develop. When it is related to to account products it takes years to develop into a noticeable cancer. The white spots may be something that needs to be treated, but it is not a cancer caused by the tobacco products. ...Read more

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What are the first signs of mouth cancer from chewing tobacco?

What are the first signs of mouth cancer from chewing tobacco?

Leukoplakia: The tissues will turn white and have the look of almost being cooked or smoke cured. If this persists over time it causes the cells to mutate trying to repair the constant assault of chemicals, only to fail with over production of cancer cells. Bottom line........Stop. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get mouth cancer from chewing tobacco?

How long does it take to get mouth cancer from chewing tobacco?

Years: The development of mouth cancer due to tobacco related products takes years and multiple exposures. ...Read more

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From one time of doing chewing tobacco, can I get mouth cancer?

No: You should be fine. Smoking and chewing are both unhealthy habits that can have horrible consequences so do yourself a favor and don't ever get into the habit. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How long will it take to get mouth cancer from chewing tobacco?

Unknown: The risk of mouth cancer is increased with tobacco exposure: smoked or chewed. How long it takes is not easy to answer. The risk does diminish over time with cessation of tobacco exposure. It is recommended that all tobacco exposure be stopped. This sometimes requires professional help and counselling. ...Read more

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How long does it take for mouth cancer to develop from chewing tobacco?

It varies wildly: Chewing tobacco induces cancer by direct contact & by dissolving cancer producing chemicals in the saliva that pools in the floor of the mouth under the tongue. There are high school kids who develop cancer in a few years while others develop more slowly. Chewing tobacco has many other harmful effects of periodontal bone loss, gum infections, increased decay, poor wound healing, nicotine addiction. ...Read more

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Dr. David Cooke
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