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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.

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.

You know the cure: How fortunate you are -- you know how to cure yourself of worry! simply stop chewing tobacco since you realize it can cause oral cancer. There is no definitive time limit on this, but you can certainly prevent it from now on. ...Read more

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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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How long does it take to get oral cancer from chewing tobacco? Is there a known, calculated number?

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 more

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How long does it take to get oral cancer from chewing tobacco? Worse if chew in off season?

How long does it take to get oral cancer from chewing tobacco? Worse if chew in off season?

Varies: Oral cancer has developed in teen agers from use of oral tobacco. Usually it takes many years. It is a very bad idea to use tobacco in any form. The sooner you quit the better. ...Read more

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How long will it take to get mouth cancer from chewing tobacco?

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 more

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How long does it take for chewing tobacco to cause oral cancer?

Exposures increase: You might get oral cancer the first time you use chewing tobacco; no one can predict that. However, the greater the length of exposure, your odds of getting it increase. ...Read more

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How many years does it take to get oral cancer from chewing tobacco?

How many years does it take to get oral cancer from chewing tobacco?

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 more

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How long does it take for mouth cancer to develop from chewing tobacco?

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 more

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How long until you get oral cancer from chewing tobacco?

How long until you get oral cancer from chewing tobacco?

Can't say: Can't give you a time. But now is. Good time to quit. See a dentist or oral surgeon for an oral cancer exam. ...Read more

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