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Cancer Smokeless Tobacco
Yes: Yes smokeless tobacco is extremely harmful.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Years: Likely years. Still a bad habit. See oral surgeon or ENT doc with any symptoms. ...Read more
Greater then smoking: Chewing tobacco is worse then smoking. Chew is placed in the lip and sits in one spot. The nicotine acts as a constant irritatent to that area. The individual repeats this in the same spot. Smoking while they hold the smokie in there mouth it circulates around inuit the lungs and the out through the nose and mouth. Think about it if a irritant sits in one place for long periods of time. ...Read more
Oral cancer: Smokeless tobacco can result in root exposure and subsequent loss of teeth. While this is characterized as gum disease, it's a bit different than the gum disease caused by bacteria - that most people think of when they think of gum disease. It's possible also to develop oral cancer from tobacco use. Early detection is critical here and can help you avoid serious consequences. ...Read more
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?
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
No one knows: A minimal amount so assume any puts you at risk for disease. 1-2 times may infintessimily increase risk. ...Read more
Indeterrninate: Although a true malignancy may take longer, changes associated with the use of such a known carcinogen are observable fairly quickly. Don't try to "play the odds" here. Continued use creates a "not if, but when" scenario. Quit now! ...Read more
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 more
No easy answer to: That question. Depends on how much you use, and how potent the preparation is, as well as your sensitivity to the cancer causing effects of tobacco - all of those are highly variable. For most people, it is about the same amount of time that smoking causes cancer, a decade or more and usually 20-30 years of use, but some people are highly sensitive and have problems much earlier. ...Read more
No one knows: A minimal amount so assume any puts you at risk for disease. ...Read more
Tobacco = cancer: Tobacco is a potent carcinogen. Any form of tobacco exposure increases your risk for cancer. That includes smokeless tobacco such as snuff or chewing tobacco. There is no good reason to use tobacco on your body for any reason. People have been known to use tobacco to kill insects in the garden. Not a good thing to put in your mouth! ...Read more
You can't: My friend, that's like asking..."if I don't wear my seatbelt, when will I die in a car accident? " it might be tomorrow, it might be 10 years, it might never happen. ...But is it really worth it? Come on....Quit the chew, and buckle-up too. ...Read more
I did smokeless tobacco dip for 5 years. I quit in October 2012. Am I still likely to get oral cancer? I worry everyday since I quit.
Used smokeless tobacco on and off and quit about 4 years ago. I had a blue dye oral test with no pre cancer. How concerned should I be from here on?
You're fine: Smokeless tobacco is much less dangerous than inhaled tobacco, but I am glad that you are now tobacco-free. Have your dentist keep an eye on your mouth and biopsy any lesions that may show up; in case they do, early treatment makes it very unlikely there will be a bad outcome. ...Read more
Pollutants: All of the pesticides, fungicides and herbicides used on the growing tobacco leaves when they go throught the liver are turned into "estrogen-like" compounds resulting in over-estroginized men and women. They also contain heavy metals all of these can cause various forms of cancers. ...Read more
Very high: Tobacco juice and smoke contains carcinogens that cause normal cells to change into cancer cells. There is a significant link between cancer of the lip, mouth, tongue and throat with the use of smokeless tobacco products. This link between smokeless tobacco and oral cancer is beyond question. ...Read more
My husband wants to get his tongue pierced but uses smokeless tobacco. Will he get cancer at the piercing?
Unlikely: Smokeless tobacco is so bad for so many reasons. Although the whole mouth and throat is at risk, the tongue, with a piercing is not at extra increased risk. ...Read more
I was wondering what are the first signs of mouth cancer, or other gum and mouth related diseases because of smokeless tobacco?
Smokeless tobacco: Smokeless tobacco, as well as smoking cigarettes, cigars ; pipes all cause oral cancers. Rather than waiting until you develop early lesions, stop right now! These lesions start on a microscopic level until you notice (or don't because it's in a hidden spot) a red or white spot, ulcer or bump. Any lesion that lasts more than two weeks should be biopsied. Add alcohol 2 the mix and you increase risk. ...Read more