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Chance Of Getting Cancer From 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
About 1%: From my reading a few years back, about 1% of people who use smokeless tobacco will get a cancer. It's politically incorrect to say this, but if you can't stop using tobacco altogether, smokeless tobacco is much less risky than cigs. Do keep an eye on the place where you keep your skoal, and anything that looks strange goes for biopsy. ...Read more
Increased: Depends on your genetics and family history. ...Read more
Too high: Some government and pop claims that second-hand smoke produces 50, 000 deaths yearly in the usa are obviously false (founded on crazy assumptions), but the risk is real; the best papers say 3000-5000 deaths mostly lung cancers in the spouses of heavy smokers. A smoky home is abusive to children and a smoky workplace for adults. You have a right not to be exposed. Good luck. ...Read more
Depends on many: factors, including the individual's family history and genetic predisposition, how much they smoke, how they smoke it (deep inhalation, holding it longer etc.). A light smoker may only have about a 1% chance of getting cancer in 10 years (1/2 pack or less) while a heavy smoker (2 ppd) may have as much as a 15% chance. In general, about one in 15 smokers will have cancer in their lifetime (6-7%). ...Read more
Yes: Oral tobacco (dip, snuff, chewing) and cigar smoking (or chomping) are risk factors for mouth, tongue, and throat cancer. More use = more risk, especially with regular use of alcohol. Would be best to quit.... If not, at least switch where you put oral tobacco, to minimize irritation in one specific spot in your mouth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can daily cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption increase the liklihood of getting cancer when there is no family history of cancer?
Yes, of course: Any smoking increases the likelihood of cancer. Smoking means purposely breathing in toxic chemicals, over and over... and that's a bad thing. Unfortunately, smoking is extremely addictive and is a good money-maker for the companies that grow, manufacture, ship, and sell tobacco products. ...Read more
Chances of getting cancer? I'm 20. Chances of getting cancer or specifically brain cancer? Over a lifetime? How to prevent? Thanks
Good odds bad diseas: Fortunately Incidence of brain cancer is less than 20 cases per 100,000 population unfortunately most of the brain tumors are malignant. You can't prevent it ( as you did not chose your genes ) Don't worry about it enjoy your life , you will be fine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Toothloss chew/dip: It is not uncommon to have tooth loss from dip or chewing tobbacco. The dip is very destructive to the soft tissue (gums) of the mouth. You should be more worried about getting oral cancer. Toothloss will be the least of your problems if you get oral cancer. The rate of oral cancer skyrockets with the use of any tobacco products, dip/ chewing tobacco appears to be the worst. ...Read more
Better: Quitting improves them. Work with family physician towards comprehensive wellness. It's important to understand there are numerous disease that smoking will increase risk. Per lung cancer, there are some online resources to help calculate risk: http://goo.Gl/divhj and http://goo.Gl/r9ita. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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