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Can You Get Mouth Cancer From Kissing
No, but . . .: Mouth cancer (oral cancer) is not transmitted by kissing. However, doctors believe that some throat cancers are caused by strains of hpv (human papilloma virus). Hpv causes genital warts and cervical cancer. Researchers are trying to find out if vaccines like Gardasil can prevent some throat cancers, because oral sex transmits hpv viruses from one's genitals into a partners mouth and throat. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
No, doubtful: Smoking, chewing tobacco and drinking alcohol can lead to oral cancer. A recent study showed that over 90% of oral cancers were associated with combining heavy smoking and heavy drinking. Kissing is not a heavy exposure and is not a factor that leads to oral cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Increases risk: Oral cancer has several risk factors, the use of "dip" or "snuff" being just one. It is possible for someone to develop oral cancer who has never used oral tobacco products. It is important to have a regular screening, which most dentists do every six months, for any signs that you may be developing oral cancer or have a predilection for oral cancers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Define Short term: What is short term? Months, few years, few days, weeks? There is high and direct correlation between smokeless tobacco and oral cancer. The chances are you are good and don't worry too much about it. Your dentist should do oral cancer screening every 6 months. We have kits too so please ask your dentist every 6 months you see him or her to check your mouth for oral cancer. Ask for the screening. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Genetic Mutation: A genetic mutation occurs which causes the cancerous cells to divide uncontrollably and to not die off. This mutation can be from a genetic predisposition, but more often in the mouth it is cause by a carcinogenic agent, such as the use of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
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