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Dr. David Masiello Dr. Masiello
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
14 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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How long does it take to get mouth cancer from chewing tobacco?

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

Years: The development of mouth cancer due to tobacco related products takes years and multiple exposures.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Steven Ginsberg Dr. Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
33 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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How long will it take to get mouth cancer from chewing tobacco?

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.

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Dr. Simon Rosenberg Dr. Rosenberg
Dentistry
42 years in practice
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
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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.

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Dr. BEHRAM DALAL Dr. DALAL
Dentistry
27 years in practice
Howard University College of Medicine
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From one time of doing chewing tobacco, can I get mouth cancer?

From one time of doing chewing tobacco, can I get mouth cancer?

No: You should be fine. Smoking and chewing are both unhealthy habits that can have horrible consequences so do yourself a favor and don't ever get into the habit. Hope this helps.

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Dr. Gregory Houghteling Dr. Houghteling
Dentistry
39 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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What are the first signs of mouth cancer from chewing tobacco?

Leukoplakia: The tissues will turn white and have the look of almost being cooked or smoke cured. If this persists over time it causes the cells to mutate trying to repair the constant assault of chemicals, only to fail with over production of cancer cells. Bottom line........Stop.

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Dr. Edward Gold Dr. Gold
Internal Medicine
40 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Dr. Steven Corben Dr. Corben
Dentistry - Cosmetic
36 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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I understand that chewing tobacco is a cause of mouth cancer, but can use of methamphetamine also cause cancer in the mouth?

I understand that chewing tobacco is a cause of mouth cancer, but can use of methamphetamine also cause cancer in the mouth?

Short answer is yes.: Any irritant consistently applied to tissue can cause premalignant lesions that can later turn malignant. If you are abusing methamphetamines, then other systemic health problems may also ensue that are just as serious! Please call your physician, dentist or drug help line for help as soon as possible! Don't ruin your life!

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Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
19 years in practice
Udayana University Faculty of Medicine
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If I chew tobacco once in a while, can I get mouth cancer?

If I chew tobacco once in a while, can I get mouth cancer?

Yes, you can: Even though perhaps you only chew once in a while, unfortunately, yes you can still get a mouth cancer. Obviously the risk will be higher if you also drink alcohol, or have other bad habits. So, stop chewing any tobacco.

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Dr. Jared Plitt Dr. Plitt
Dentistry
16 years in practice
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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How long do you have to chew tobacco before you start to develop mouth cancer?

How long do you have to chew tobacco before you start to develop mouth cancer?

Nobody knows.: Everyone has a certain risk for developing cancer based on their genetics, lifestyle, habits, etc... The more exposure to tobacco you have the more your risk goes up. It's hard to be more specific than that.

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Dr. Brian Hoffman Dr. Hoffman
Dentistry
10 years in practice
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
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Do I tell my dentist that I chew tobacco? I'm concerned that I have mouth cancer.

Do I tell my dentist that I chew tobacco? I'm concerned that I have mouth cancer.

Absolutely: You cannot lie, hide, or cheat cancer. If you are worried, be very truthful and let the testing begin. You need to know what you are up against, and waiting is not a good option. Lastly, but equally as important...Stop chewing tobacco, it is a hard habit to break, understood, but think of the alternative. Best of luck to you, I wish you the best!

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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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.

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Dr. James Bates Dr. Bates
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
32 years in practice
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
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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!

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Dr. Michael Korona Dr. Korona
Radiology - Interventional
29 years in practice
University of Virginia School of Medicine
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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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, .

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko Dr. Eleczko
Dentistry
32 years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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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.

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Dr. H E Henry Dr. Henry
Dentistry
36 years in practice
West Virginia University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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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?

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.

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Dr. Stuart Wasser Dr. Wasser
Addiction Medicine
31 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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Can you get oral cancer from chewing tobacco twice?

Can you get oral cancer from chewing tobacco twice?

No one knows: A minimal amount so assume any puts you at risk for disease. 1-2 times may infintessimily increase risk.

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Dr. Esther Poza-juncal Dr. Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine
33 years in practice
University of Arizona College of Medicine
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Dr. Tarek Hamid Dr. Hamid
Dentistry
5 years in practice
New York University College of Dentistry
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How quickly can you get oral cancer from smokeless chewing tobacco?

Varies: It varies depending on the ethnicity of the user, length of time using chewing tobacco, it starts as white patches in the inside of check or under the tongue that gets harder in time and turn cancerous. Regular dental check up visits to your dentist can discover that in early stages or before it from and suggest treatment

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