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Help please? How long does it take to get cancer from dipping tobacco?

Help please? How long does it take to get cancer from dipping tobacco?

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.

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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.

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How long is it supposed to it realistically take to get cancer from dip?

How long is it supposed to it realistically take to get cancer from dip?

Smokeless tobacco?: At least a couple of years. It can be quite fast; teens are getting these nowadays. Don't push your luck. And the longer you chew, the harder it will be to quit. Chewing is much less harmful overall than smoking it. But who wants to be an addict? Think about the people who love you. And who wants to kiss somebody who chews?

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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.

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How much tanning does it take to get wrinkles and cancer?

How much tanning does it take to get wrinkles and cancer?

A good amount, but..: Generally, these types of adverse events are associated with long term sun exposure over time, however, genetics and other factors play a part as well and can accelerate this. The best thing to do is always wear a good sunscreen containing uva and uvb protection and to wear a hat when in the sun. Prevention here is the key and everyday makes a difference.

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How long does it take to get results of an ovarian cancer screen?

How long does it take to get results of an ovarian cancer screen?

What test are you: Referring to. There is no approved screening test for ovarian cancer in general population.

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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.

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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.

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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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How long does it take to get results from a test for pancreatic cancer?

How long does it take to get results from a test for pancreatic cancer?

If you are referring: To a blood test (ca 19-9), it is no way to check for pancreas cancer. It may be a "send out" and take a week or 2, but high, low or normal you may or may not have pancreas cancer, and should ot have had this test. Symptoms (pain, belching, stool color and pattern change and signs (weight loss, pain, new diabetes, jaundice) should lead to imaging, endoscopy and biopsy, then ca-19-9 if positive.

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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!

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How many years (average) of smoking (half a pack per day) does it take to get lung cancer?

How many years (average) of smoking (half a pack per day) does it take to get lung cancer?

None...: ...Even non-smokers get lung cancer. For people having the genetic machinery to get lung cancer (which isn't everybody), smoking increases the chances of lung cancer by an average of 50-fold. The problem is that we don't yet know what genes make smokers susceptible to cancer. It's best not to roll those dice at all. If you want help stopping, tell your doctor. There are many new options to help.

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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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How long does it take to get throat cancer from smoking?

How long does it take to get throat cancer from smoking?

Years: Smoking can cause many cancers. There is no data to predict how long it will take to cause cancer, like throat cancer. But the longer you smoke, the more chance you will get cancer. So it is better to quit smoking asap.

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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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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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How much time does it take for smokers to get cancer?

How much time does it take for smokers to get cancer?

Unknown and variable: Common sense says that the longer you smoke and the more cigs you smoke, the higher the risk for cancer (lung, throat, kidney, bladder, etc). How this applies to a particular individual, is not possible to guess. It may be decades for some, and a few years for others. If you smoke, STOP. Your risk may not drop as low as a never-smoker but should go down with time.

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How long is it supposed to it take for smokers to get cancer?

How long is it supposed to it take for smokers to get cancer?

Many years: It typically takes 10 to 20 years of tobacco use before cancer shows up as a complication of smoking.

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Can we see cancer lumps from outside of body also how long does cancer take to get bad months?

Can we see cancer lumps from outside of body also how long does cancer take to get bad months?

It depends: Some tumors can be seen by eye, felt by hand, or seen by radiologic imaging. Different cancers grow and exhibit aggressive behaviors in entirely different ways; so, it depends on the lesion.