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How long does it take for oral cancer to develop?

How long does it take for oral cancer to develop?

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 more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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


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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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How long does it take to develop oral cancer symptoms?

How long does it take to develop oral cancer symptoms?

Sometimes never: If you believe you way have oral cancer see a dentist as soon as possible. Sometimes there are no symptoms. By the time you develope symptoms it is very late. ...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 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 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?

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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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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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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If my dental check up showed no signs of oral cancer. How long would it take for me to notice a new sign?

If my dental check up showed no signs of oral cancer.  How long would it take for me to notice a new sign?

Training: Without training you may not notice signs of oral cancer. Be on the look-out for white or red spots that do not disappear after 10 days to 2 weeks. Avoid excessive alcohol intake. DO NOT SMOKE. Have anything rough (like a chipped tooth or rough edge of a restoration) addressed. But most of all, see your Dentist regularly for a comprehensive examination. ...Read more

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How long could you live with oral cancer and not know?

Possibly a long time: Some oral cancers grows lowly and people can live with them for many months or even a year or two with minimal symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the amount of time it would take for leukoplakia to progress to oral cancer?

Unknown: There is no way to know the exact time it will take for leukoplakia to turn to cancer. Sometimes leukoplakia may not necessarily turn into cancer. I recommend you see an oral surgeon for an evaluation and get treated asap as this is a precancerous lesion. ...Read more

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What to expect from oral reconstruction? My husband is facing oral reconstruction due to oral cancer, and we would like to know what all we can expect to face? How long is this process? .

Long road. : Oral rehab following cancer tx (surgery, radiation and/or chemo) can be a long, adapting process. Dependent on extent of involvement of cancer and surgery. You need to consult a dental prostodontist before starting oncology tx. They can formulate a plan for function and form. In cincinnati, we are lucky to have dr gordon huntress who works wonders during this scary episode. . Good luck. ...Read more

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How long do you live after treatment of oral cancer?

Depends: Depends on the type of oral cancer, how early it was found and how you respond to treatment. Each person is different. ...Read more

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What is the time it takes to get oral cancer using smokeless tobacco?

What is the time it takes to get oral cancer using smokeless tobacco?

Years: Likely years. Still a bad habit. See oral surgeon or ENT doc with any symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Any cancer located in the mouth. Symptoms are variable but include mass in the mouth, difficulty eating, and tongue problems. ...Read more


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Mouth Cancer (Definition)

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