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Doctor insights on: How Long Do You Have To Smoke Before Getting Oral Cancer

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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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Can smoking after tooth extraction cause oral cancer? I just got an extraction last night then start to smoke after an hour (they didnt warn me)

Can smoking after tooth extraction cause oral cancer? I just got an extraction last night then start to smoke after an hour (they didnt warn me)

Yes but later on!: Smoking causes cancer... and there is no doubt about it. So quit smoking Now while it is fresh in your mind and you are still free from it. Development of Cancer from smoking usually takes some years...so right now you are safe but a few years down the road, you will be in serious trouble. So make serious plans to quit smoking....seek professional help from American cancer society(Cancer.net) ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get oral cancer if you smoke just a few cigarettes a day?

Please tell me how long it takes for to get oral cancer if you smoke just a few cigarettes a day?

Cancer risk!: There is no answer to that. The more you smoke the greater the risk. Some people are more sensitive to carcinogens than others. Why take the chance at all. It's russian roulette with your life! ...Read more

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How long does it take to get oral cancer? 20 years?

How long does it take to get oral cancer? 20 years?

Can put time frame: You can never put a time frame on oral cancer. I do a visual oral cancer screening on all my patients every visit 3, 6 months recall visits. I had a patient in a one visit nothing apparent 6 months later something on tongue sent to oral surgeon the to ENT , tongue respected , lasted 8 months. Was the cancer there before it showed itself probable. Now i invested in a special scope, detects early. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get oral cancer?

Please tell me how long it takes for to get oral cancer?

Please rephrase: How long does it take cancer to develop from what? Naturally (genetic), from smoking, from chewing tobacco? Cancer occurs when cells mutate due to genetic change to cause unregulated cell growth. ...Read more

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Is it true that it's rare to get oral cancer if you have never used tobacco or smoked?

Mostly yes: Tobacco use of any kind is the big leading cause of oral cancer. However any constant irritation to the oral tissue can be a cause also. ...Read more

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What to do if i recently found out my dad has oral cancer, but he never even smoked so how did he get this?

What to do if i recently found out my dad has oral cancer, but he never even smoked so how did he get this?

Unfortunately: it is possible. Smokers and dippers are many times more likely than non-smokers and/or non-consumers of alcohol to develop these cancers. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get oral cancer if you catch HPV at 25y?

How long does it take to get oral cancer if you catch HPV at 25y?

Variable: Most people do not get cancer from hpv infection. Other factors, such as use of tobacco, alcohol and other infections may increase the risk. Genetic predisposition to hpv induced cancer also plays a strong role. The lag time varies from years to decades. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get oral cancer if using snuff?

How long does it take to get oral cancer if using snuff?

Years: Most cancers take years to develop from the time of initial stimulus. You should note that damage to the tissue starts early, within days to months, of tobacco use and in a susceptible person may lead to cancer even with short duration of use. Some times the cancer develops years after the person stops using tobacco. Cessation of tobacco use is one of the best things you can do for yourself. ...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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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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I have been chewing tobacco for 20-21 months now and have recently become afraid of oral cancer. Is this a long enough time to get it? What's typical?

I have been chewing tobacco for 20-21 months now and have recently become afraid of oral cancer. Is this a long enough time to get it? What's typical?

Quit while ahead!: If you quit now, you will greatly reduce your chance of oral and other cancers. It is unlikely that you have cancer now from the use of tobacco, but there is considerable variation, based on genetics. I can not emphasize too much that you should quit using tobacco in any form while you are ahead. ...Read more

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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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Is it possible for a 21 year old who doesn't smoke/chew tobacco and who isn't sexually active to get oral cancer?

Is it possible for a 21 year old who doesn't smoke/chew tobacco and who isn't sexually active to get oral cancer?

Yes, but low risk: Unfortunately, anyone can develop oral cancer (or any other cancer). Another big risk factor is alcohol use. To a lesser degree, excessive sun exposure can cause cancer of the lips. Reduce your risks and lead a healthy life style and don't be overly concerned. Excessive worry is not healthy either. Get routine head and neck soft tissues exams at your dentist. ...Read more

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Would I have to smoke to worry about mouth cancer?

Would I have to smoke to worry about mouth cancer?

Mostly: Most but not all oral cancers are caused by excessive smoking and drinking. Other causes are uncommon. See an oral surgeon or ENT doc with any unhealing ulcer or sore in the mouth. ...Read more

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How do you get oral cancer?

Several possibile: Oral sex, has become a major cause, due to the hpv virus. Hpv has been spreading oral cancer much more rapidly than in years past. Multiple sex partners has been shown to expand the incidence of probability exponentially. Heavy smoking, heavy drinking and an unhealthy lifestyle are also contributors. ...Read more

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How can you get oral cancer?

How can you get oral cancer?

Varies: The common squamous carcinomas of the oropharynx are most often caused by tobacco, with alcohol and perhaps viruses often contributing. Others such as the minor salivary gland cancers seem to just happen by dumb luck, random genetic damage. ...Read more

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