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Cancer Chewing Tobacco
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. ...Read more
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
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
How long does it take to get cancer from chewing tobacco? I've been chewing for a year and i'm a hypochondriac about these things.
Varies- Quit Tobacco: It usually takes years to decades, however, oral cancer has developed in teenagers using chewing tobacco. Quit the habit as it may take a short time in a suseptible individual. Other factors being hpv infection, immune status and genetic make-up of the person, . ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No set time: Just stop.Get a more detailed answer ›
How long does it take to get oral cancer from chewing tobacco? Is there a known, calculated number?
No: There is no known, calculated number for the time required to develop oral cancer from chewing tobacco. However, using smokeless tobacco greatly increases the risk of developing oral cancer. It would be in your best interest to discontinue using chewing tobacco! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: It varies depending on the ethnicity of the user, length of time using chewing tobacco , it starts as white patches in the inside of check or under the tongue that gets harder in time and turn cancerous. Regular dental check up visits to your dentist can discover that in early stages or before it from and suggest treatment ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am 16, male, 185lbs, 6'2, my mother had breast cancer, I have chewed tobacco about 1 year , I have a red sore under tounge, what advice have you?
See your doc: I would recommend seeing your doctor or dentist if it doesn't go away in several days; given your young age I doubt oral cancer but if it persists don't ignore it. I also strongly recommend that you stop chewing tobacco; there is no value in doing it and it can cause a variety of serious cancers. I am worried about you since you have begun exposure to a cancer causing agent at such a young age ...Read more
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