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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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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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

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I did dip tobacco (smokeless) for 5 years and I quit 3 years ago. Will I most likely get oral cancer even though I quit 3 years ago?

I did dip tobacco  (smokeless) for 5 years and I quit 3 years ago. Will I most likely get oral cancer even though I quit 3 years ago?

No: No. You are still at increased risk, but the risk declines the longer you refrain from tobacco. Unless you smoke other forms of tobacco, within a few years your risk should be the same as nonsmokers. Congratulations for quitting!!! ...Read more

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If i've been using smokeless tobacco for two years, how can I tell if I will get oral cancer?

You can't: My friend, that's like asking..."if i don't wear my seatbelt, when will i die in a car accident?" it might be tomorrow, it might be 10 years, it might never happen ....But is it really worth it? Come on....Quit the chew, and buckle-up too. ...Read more

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I did smokeless tobacco dip for 5 years. I quit in October 2012. Am I still likely to get oral cancer? I worry everyday since I quit.

I did smokeless tobacco dip for 5 years. I quit in October 2012. Am I still likely to get oral cancer? I worry everyday since I quit.

Risk is cut in half: Those who quit in their 30s may avoid most of the risk due to smokeless tobacco use. The risk of oral cancer is cut in half after 3 years. Keep up a good job! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is the time it takes to get oral cancer using smokeless tobacco?

What is the time it takes to get oral cancer using smokeless tobacco?

Years: Likely years. Still a bad habit. See oral surgeon or ENT doc with any symptoms. ...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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I have quit tobacco 16 years ago., in my 20's. I am currently 43. I drink green tea with tumeric, blackberrys, bberries Am i at risk for oral cancer?

I have quit tobacco 16 years ago., in my 20's. I am currently 43. I drink green tea with tumeric, blackberrys, bberries Am i at risk for oral cancer?

If: you smoked for less than twelve years total, then after quitting for 10 years, your chance of smoking related cancer falls to the level of non smokers. ...Read more

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Is oral cancer completely cureable in stage 1. Yesterday i had biopsy of tumor less then 1 cm. I quit tobacco 3 years back and used it for 4 years?

Is oral cancer completely cureable in stage 1. Yesterday i had biopsy of tumor less then 1 cm. I quit tobacco 3 years back and used it for 4 years?

95% five year cure: There is a wide spectrum of mucous membrane changes from tobacco usage, whether smoked or chewed. You have excellent chance of being cured even if oral cancer is found in the biopsy. Nothing in life is 100%. Avoid tobacco and alcohol in all forms and be sure to see your surgeon every 6 months for oral exam to rule out recurrence or a new primary. ...Read more

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Im 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?

Im 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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Is it true that it's rare to get oral cancer if you have never used tobacco or smoked?

Is it true that it's rare to get oral cancer if you have never used tobacco or smoked?

Mostly yes: Tobacco use of any kind is the big leading cause of oral cancer. However any constant irritation to the oral tissue can be a cause also. ...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 to get oral cancer from smokeless tobacco?

Is it possible to get oral cancer from smokeless tobacco?

Yes: Smokeless tobacco is an important cause of oral cancer. Alcohol is another. See this site for more info. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/tobacco/smokeless-tobacco. ...Read more

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How rare is it for a teenager that chews tobacco, to get oral cancer?

Please don't do it!: Tobacco, whether chewed or smoked, is a carcinogen and the more the mouth is exposed to this the greater the risk. Numbers are just statistical guesses. For that person who does get oral cancer, whether as a teenager or later on, there is pain, disfigurement or loss of life. If you smoke or chew, please stop. If you've never started, don't ever start. ...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 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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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. ...Read more

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