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How Long Does It Take To Get Oral Cancer From Chewing Tobacco
How long does it take to get oral cancer from chewing tobacco? Is there a known, calculated number?
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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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
No one knows: A minimal amount so assume any puts you at risk for disease. 1-2 times may infintessimily increase risk. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
I have already quited chewing tobacco. If there is still same risk of oral cancer? If it is developing than can it be stopped by quitting tobacco?
Good to quit.: You will still have a risk of developing oral cancer, but it goes down the longer you are free of using chewing tobacco, smoking and heavy drinking. If you stay away from these your risk will go down to that of a non-user of these after 20 years or so. But you have done the first, most important step by quitting, and with regular visits to your doctor, should have little/no trouble from this. ...Read more
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 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 more
Oral cancer screen: First get checked out by your dentist with an oral cancer screen. There are a variable of screening tests, which may be covered by your insurance. If the dentist feels an area is of concern, you may be referred to an oral surgeon for further evaluation. If possible, try to quit. The duration of chewing tobacco is not as important as getting evaluated and quitting. It is a known risk factor. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
So I'm curious if I chew tobacco once a month, will I have a high chance of getting a type of oral cancer?
No set answer: You seem to be asking if chewing once a month is "safe". Every time you chew (or smoke), you increase your chances of developing cancer. Since no one can predict how susceptible you are to the carcinogens, it is impossible to tell you how high your chances are... Just that you are at risk. ...Read more
I have bumps on the back of my tongue and bad breath and I'm 16 and only done chew tobacco couple times, is it possible I have oral cancer?
Absolutely not: No. However you can see how sensitive your system is to tobacco, so avoid all tobacco products forever! ...Read more
I'm 21 used chew tobacco for 2 years haven't for 5 months. Pain in teeth and sore throat, small lump in cheek. Is this oral cancer?
Have it looked at: The pain in the teeth is a separate issue. The sore throat could be anything. The small lump in the cheek is the most troubling symptom regarding the possibility of a growth, be it benign or malignant, or even normal. Rather than looking for answers on the internet, see a dentist for an exam and consultation. Congratulations on being able to stop chewing tobacco. Stay with it! ...Read more
Any: Any amount exposes you to the risk. ...Read more
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! ...Read more
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