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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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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How long does it take to get oral cancer from chewing tobacco? Worse if chew in off season?

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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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, . ...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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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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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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Does chewing tobacco have a huge risk of causing oral cancer?

Yes: Oral cancer has multiple risk factors - chewing tobacco is one additional risk factor and should be avoided. ...Read more

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What are the odds of getting oral cancer if you've only did chewing tobacco a number of times?

Very low: The odds of getting oral cancer from smokeless tobacco use only a few times is very low. Please discontinue all tobacco use. Also go for regular checkups every 6 months for your oral cancer screening. ...Read more

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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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How often do you have to chew tobacco in order to get oral cancer?

How often do you have to chew tobacco in order to get oral cancer?

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

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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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How often do you have to chew tobacco in order to develop oral cancer?

How often do you have to chew tobacco in order to develop oral cancer?

Better chance: Tobacco usage in any form and in any frequency increases your chances for mouth cancer by exposing your tissues to hundreds of toxic chemicals proven to cause cancer. Why take the risk? Stop all forms of tobacco use and enjoy life! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How often can you have to chew tobacco in order to oral cancer?

How often can you have to chew tobacco in order to oral cancer?

Very High Risk: Smokers and dippers are many times more likely than non-smokers and/or non-consumers of alcohol to develop these cancers. Use this time as an opportunity to stop using tobacco. ...Read more

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If I chew tobacco once a month, how will that increase my chance of getting oral cancer?

Yes: But only because in toying with an addictive substance, you are very likely to find yourself needing more and more of it. Regular use is a real risk for cancer. Do a favor for yourself and anybody who you kiss -- put this silly stuff away. ...Read more

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So I'm curious if I chew tobacco once a month, will I have a high chance of getting a type of oral cancer?

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

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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?

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

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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. ...Read more

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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?

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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How long does it take to get cancer from chewing tobacco? I've been chewing for a year and I'm a hypochondriac about these things.

How long does it take to get cancer from chewing tobacco? I've been chewing for a year and I'm a hypochondriac about these things.

You know the cure: How fortunate you are -- you know how to cure yourself of worry! Simply stop chewing tobacco since you realize it can cause oral cancer. There is no definitive time limit on this, but you can certainly prevent it from now on. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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