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How many teens are aware that oral sex can cause throat cancer?

How many teens are aware that oral sex can cause throat cancer?

Obviously Not enough: This topic should be covered as part of sexual education for teenagers. I am treating now a very young patient with hpv+ tonsillar cancer. The incidence of hpv+ head and neck cancer continues to increase and this is not something that can be underestimated. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...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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Throat cancer and smokeless tobacco? I read that using smokeless tobacco can cause throat cancer. I only use it once in a while. Is that ok?

Throat cancer and smokeless tobacco? I read that using smokeless tobacco can cause throat cancer. I only use it once in a while. Is that ok?

No. Smokeless: No.

Smokeless tobacco causes cancer of the tongue, mouth, and throat, and may also cause cancers of the stomach and intestine. These are extremely difficult cancers to treat. Most are fatal, and those that are cured leave patients with terrible deformities. Even if it doesn't cause cancer, smokeless tobacco causes gum disease that may cost you your teeth.

You say you use it only once in a while, so it will be easier to quit now. If you wait, chances are that you'll start using it more in the future. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible to get throat cancer from using dip tobacco?

Please explain if it is possible to get throat cancer from using dip tobacco?

I guess it is: .....Possible although you would be more concerned about cancer of the lip or tongue, the areas in direct contact with it. Please, don't do it. It is risky and in my opinion a truly disgusting habit. Even if you don't get cancer, you can damage your teeth and gums, and kill your smile. ...Read more

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Can you develop throat cancer from using smokeless tobacco one time or two times?

Can you develop throat cancer from using smokeless tobacco one time or two times?

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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I'm 21 used chew tobacco for 2 years haven't for 5 months. Pain in teeth and sore throat, small lump in cheek. Is this oral cancer?

I'm 21 used chew tobacco for 2 years haven't for 5 months. Pain in teeth and sore throat, small lump in cheek. Is this oral cancer?

Have it looked at: The pain in the teeth is a separate issue. The sore throat could be anything. The small lump in the cheek is the most troubling symptom regarding the possibility of a growth, be it benign or malignant, or even normal. Rather than looking for answers on the internet, see a dentist for an exam and consultation. Congratulations on being able to stop chewing tobacco. Stay with it! ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Will stopping chewing tobacco reduce the risk of cancer, gum disease, and rotting teeth?

Yes: Nicotine in tobacco chewing causes localized ischemic area due to constriction of blood vessel. Precancerous soft tissue changes include leukoplakia, erythroplakia, acanthoma and carcinoma in situ. Regarding gum disease, tobacco product causes root surface roughness and delay wound healing. Tobacco product will aid in dry mouth and thus causes root caries leading to rotting teeth. ...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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My dad didn't get cancer from chewing tobacco, will i?

That is a very good: ...Question. Many folks use tobacco products and never have cancer but a large number of folks suffering of different kinds of cancers have been users. You can't tell who will and who won't. Chewing tobacco is a risky habit and (no disrespect intended) kinda disgusting. Believe me, you do not want to see what could happen to you if you continue. Please please do not use tobacco in any form. ...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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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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I am chewing tobacco for a long time how can I cure my throat infection?

Stop chewing: Tobacco is bad for you, no matter what route it is ingested by. Chewing tobacco, snuff and snus all can cause throat irritation. If you are truly "infected", you need to see a doctor to find out if it is a bacterial (especially strep) infection, which requires antibiotics, or a viral infection, which can be treated with gargling and time. Tobacco will make irritation from any other cause worse. ...Read more

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I have red spot in my mouth. I use 5 times chewing tobacco and iam afraid if this is cancer?

Consult your doctor: And quit use of tobacco. Hopefully the lesion is not cancer, but you should get is checked out and quit using tobacco asap. ...Read more

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Strep throat or throat cancer? Have used chew on and off for a year, history of cancer in my family but have all strep throat symptoms. Could it be so

Strep throat or throat cancer? Have used chew on and off for a year, history of cancer in my family but have all strep throat symptoms. Could it be so

Possible strep: As all family members have sore throat all need to have strep screen and all need to be treated at the same time so it does not keep recurring ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


Chewing Tobacco (Definition)

Chewing tobacco is a type of smokeless tobacco that, when chewed, releases nicotine and flavor. It is highly addictive and is ...Read more