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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.

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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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.

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?

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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