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Doctor insights on: First Stages Of Gum Cancer

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I was wondering what are the first signs of mouth cancer, or other gum and mouth related diseases because of smokeless tobacco?

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

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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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Does gum cause cancer?

Does gum cause cancer?

Gum disease? No!: I haven't seen written documentation that correlates gum disease with cancer. However if ones body is continually fighting inflammation from gum disease, it has to take a toll on ones immune system. With the mouth being the most chronically infected part of an otherwise healthy body, why take chances. Floss daily do some careful vibratory toothbrushing at the gum-tooth interface ; don't worry! ...Read more

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Needing expert help. I have heard from somewhere that excess chewing of gum causes cancer?

Needing expert help. I have heard from somewhere that excess chewing of gum causes cancer?

Saccharin: Some sugarless gum contains saccharin. Studies have argued that there is a link between saccharin and cancer. Many of the studies are flawed. Likely you would need to consume an extremely large amount of gum for anything to happen. ...Read more

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Help please! could chewing gum cause cancer?

Help please! could chewing gum cause cancer?

No: Life is alarming enough without people making up foolish claims to frighten you. Enjoy your gum. ...Read more

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Is gum cancer extreamly rare in england and states dr?

Relatively rare: Gum cancer is relatively rare in the U.S. and U.K. The chief risk factor is oral tobacco use (chewing tobacco), and that habit is not common in these countries. Smoking and betel nut use also increases the risk. ...Read more

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Can chewing gum give you a greater risk of having cancer?

Can chewing gum give you a greater risk of having cancer?

No: I wish they were all this easy to answer. Life's too short to worry about silly fears generated by people with agendas or overactive imaginations. Thanks for asking. ...Read more

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Can chewing too much sugar-free gum cause cancer?

Can chewing too much sugar-free gum cause cancer?

Very much doubt it: Anything can be "shown to cause cancer" by giving preposterous doses to lab animals, or trying to get people with cancer to remember having used it. Forty years in medicine has taught me that the real causes of cancer that consistently hold up are things that mutate genes (and a few things that gravely damage epithelium). Despite the hoopla, I have no reason for real concern. ...Read more

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Please help! does bubble gum/chewing gum cause cancer?

Unlikely: If you are using usual chewing gum, and not tobacco laced gum, your risk is no greater than that of a normal person. ...Read more

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I have brown around my gums im very concerned an worried it could be cancer since I jist started smoking 6months ago do u think it could be?

I have brown around my gums im very concerned an worried it could be cancer since I jist started smoking 6months ago do u think it could be?

Stop smoking: Brown discoloration to the teeth around the gum line can be caused from staining by smoking and consumption of carbonated beverages, tea and coffee. Medications you are taking and some food can cause tooth stains as well. Stop smoking. Get a dental check and thorough cleaning. Any areas that look concerning can be biopsied. ...Read more

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For about 8 years I would chew a lot of sugarfree gum, like 1-3 packs per day. I've since stopped, but did I increase my cancer risk with this?

For about 8 years I would chew a lot of sugarfree gum, like 1-3 packs per day. I've since stopped, but did I increase my cancer risk with this?

Probably not: Artificial sweeteners have been linked to cancers in animal studies, however the exposure you describe does not seem to be on an equivalent "dose". Smoking cigarettes is far more dangerous to your health and is the number one environmental cause of cancer. ...Read more

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Gum receded from where the tooth meets the gum all the way up and there is what looks like lots of hard plaque around the receded gum. Is it cancer?

Gum receded from where the tooth meets the gum all the way up and there is what looks like lots of hard plaque around the receded gum. Is it cancer?

Calculus: The dental term for tarter is calculus. Has done physical damage to your gums/bone. Sounds like you're years overdue for a dental check-up and professional cleaning. Dentist will do an Oral Cancer examination, but what you are describing is not cancer. Please call for appointment. Calculus can cause tooth loss. ...Read more

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What are the effects of bulimia or mouth cancer on your teeth and gums?

What are the effects of bulimia or mouth cancer on your teeth and gums?

Ouch..: Bulimia causes severe erosion. You lose tooth structure from the large amount of acid exposure. This leads to sore teeth, loss of tooth structure and eventually the teeth break from lack of support. "mouth cancer" is to general to comment on. What type are we inquiring about? ...Read more

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Can sensitive gums be a sign of oral cancer?

Can sensitive gums be a sign of oral cancer?

Check-ups: Sore gums can be a sign from gingivitis to trauma from food to other pathology's that need more investigation. It's important that you go to your doctor for regular check-ups and let them know when you have sensitive gums to diagnose properly. ...Read more

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I have a gray patch on my gums near a metal tooth from past 8 months n i still smoke a lot.Do u think it has turned into cancer?

I have a gray patch on my gums near a metal tooth from past 8 months n i still smoke a lot.Do u think it has turned into cancer?

Not likely: First, no diagnosis can be made online, if you have a history of smoking and are concerned about a lesion its best to see a doctor for an evaluation. Aside from that, a painless, flat, non changing spot on the gums that is adjacent to a metal filling may be nothing to worry about (amalgam tattoo). There are other lesions that can appear as grey spots that could be more serious if changing in size. ...Read more

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I have a lump in my inner gum beneath my right lower premolars. Lump is very small 1/4th an inch. It does not pain, neither is it visible. Cancer?

I have a lump in my inner gum beneath my right lower premolars. Lump is very small 1/4th an inch. It does not pain, neither is it visible. Cancer?

Not cancer: In order to keep the mouth moist there are salivary glands such as the submax and parotid glands. The remainder of the mouth, cheek ahd gums have small minor salivry glands that occassional develop benign growths . In rare cases they enlarge fast and can be malignant such as adenoid cystic carcinoma. ...Read more

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Does nicorette (nicotine gum) gum cause oral cancer?

Does nicorette (nicotine gum) gum cause oral cancer?

No evidence: There isn't any evidence that it increases risk for cancer. The real thing to keep in mind is that smoking is just about the worst (if not the worst) thing one can do to their body. It markedly increases your risk of many types of cancer, including oral and throat cancers! ...Read more

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