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How Many Ciggarettes Does It Take To Get Cancer
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.
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
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.
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?
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Cumulative: Cumulative risk. Related to amount of chewing and duration.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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, .See 2 more doctor answers
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.
How long does it take to get oral cancer from chewing tobacco? Is there a known, calculated number?
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.See 5 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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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