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How Long Does It Take For Chewing Tobacco To Cause Oral Cancer
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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't know: The trick is to stop before you get cancer. So you can play it safe and quit now, or play Russian Roulette. Tobacco use, in any form, has been proven to cause cancer. Chewing tobacco often causes oral cancer, necessitating surgical removal of the cancerous mouth/face tissues, radiation treatments, chemotherapy, and, if you're lucky, facial reconstruction. Frankly, tobacco = stupid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not sure that: Any one has done the human experiment of snuff dose/time/exposure to discern minimal dose and time of a carcinogen to cause a potentially lethal event. It would be unethical. Dipping and snorting a carcinogen maybe legal, and in our libertarian culture, you are entitled to do it. Adolescents as young as 15 have developed h&n cancer/. ...Read more
It can take long.: Most patients present at over age 50. Tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco, is certainly a risk factor. There may be few or no symptoms. Mouth cancers can present as non healing ulcers that can be painful. Rarely, there can be painless lymph node enlargement. Patients are staged by size of tumor and lymph node involvement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good question: But the problem is nobody can answer for sure. I guess it would require exposure for a few years but remember that cancer is seldom a one hit deal, a person may have predisposing factors that could lead to cancer with shorter exposure. Since you can't know for sure, why risk it? If you dip, quit right away. If you don't, stay that way. Spittin' in a can is kind of nasty anyways....Ugh. ...Read more
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varies, but do quit: Tooth decay and gum disease are related to smokeless tobacco use but are not directly caused by it. Gum disease is a chronic bacterial infection of gums and surrounding support structures of the teeth. It is usually caused by poor hygiene and can be influenced by many other factors such as tobacco use. Tooth decay has a similar cause. Having good hygiene and eating healthy helps avoid issues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's tobacco: It's addictive. It's foolish to ask when does the cancer come, when you should ask why would i play russian roulette. Adolescents have developed disfiguring cancer with less than 3 years of use. How long does it take to wake up and smell the coffee after chewing grizzly? What are you thinking? ...Read more
Long time: Hpv is nearly ubiquitous, and most people will clear it without intervention. However, some people will not clear the virus and in a small number of patients the virus can be causative for some cancers, including oropharyngeal cancer (largely tonsil and base of tongue). This process is thought to take a long time, on the order of years. ...Read more
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