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Dr. Barry Rosen
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How rare is it for a 12yo to get oral cancer?

How rare is it for a 12yo to get oral cancer?

Squamous cancer: Of the head and neck is unheard of in a pre-teen, and only teens that smoke or dip are at risk. Pediatric tumors (rhabdomyosarcoma) can afffect the head and neck, but the oral cavity is still unusual. Ewings sarcoma of skull bones, and esthesioneuroblastoma and juvenile angiofibroma occur in nasal cavity. Read more

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

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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Do teens commonly get oral cancer?

Do teens commonly get oral cancer?

Yes: Yes it is possible for teens to have oral cancer. The area of concern needs to be looked at and to determine if a biopsy needs to be done of if another cause can be attributed to the area of concern, like trauma. 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?

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 do you get oral cancer?

Several possibile: Oral sex, has become a major cause, due to the hpv virus. Hpv has been spreading oral cancer much more rapidly than in years past. Multiple sex partners has been shown to expand the incidence of probability exponentially. Heavy smoking, heavy drinking and an unhealthy lifestyle are also contributors. Read more

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How can you get oral cancer?

How can you get oral cancer?

Varies: The common squamous carcinomas of the oropharynx are most often caused by tobacco, with alcohol and perhaps viruses often contributing. Others such as the minor salivary gland cancers seem to just happen by dumb luck, random genetic damage. Read more

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How does someone get oral cancer?

How does someone get oral cancer?

Multifocal causes: In addition to heavy use of alcohol and tobacco products, studies have shown that oral sex with multiple partners increases the likelihood of oral cancer due to a papilloma virus. The good news is that the gardisil vaccine can help prevent the spread of the virus and is now routinely recommended and administered to teenagers. Read more

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In what way can someone get oral cancer?

In what way can someone get oral cancer?

Smoking ; drinking: The combination of tobacco and alcohol use is historically the greatest risk factor in developing oral cancer. Use of chewing or smokeless tobacco is also a big risk factor. In recent years, human papilloma virus (hpv: the same virus that causes cervical cancer) is turning out to be a major cause of oral cancer in non-smokers and non-drinkers. Read more

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How to find out if oral cancer will get me?

How to find out if oral cancer will get me?

If you ever find..: ...Out how to foretell the future, please let me know. I got some horse races in mind. No person can know for sure if they will get cancer but there are some things you should do. First, prevention: avoid all tobacco products, excess alcohol, and unprotected sex. Second, detection: see a dentist once to twice yearly and make sure he/she evaluates your mouth well. Finally, . .. Read more

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Why doesn't everyone get oral cancer from dip?

Why doesn't everyone get oral cancer from dip?

Carcinogens: Carcinogens change the dna in the affected cells, causing them to grow uncontrollably. This occurs hit or miss each time the carcinogens are introduced. The more you use, the greater your chances, like playing the lottery, but not in a good way. The changes that take place can take years to manifest themselves. The sooner you quit the better your chances of staying cancer free. Read more

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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. Read more

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What are the different types of oral cancer you can get?

A lot: There are cancers of the tongue, the lips, the cheek and many more, ask your dentist to check you every year. Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get oral cancer?

Please rephrase: How long does it take cancer to develop from what? Naturally (genetic), from smoking, from chewing tobacco? Cancer occurs when cells mutate due to genetic change to cause unregulated cell growth. Read more

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Do people ever get oral cancer from doing dip only twice?

Do people ever get oral cancer from doing dip only twice?

Probably not: Theoretically it is possible, but probably not. Oral cancer usually comes from the repeated irritation of the chemicals in the substance. Read more

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Two questions does dip cause oral cancer? Also I did it for 4 years and I quit two years ago will I still get oral cancer?

Smokeless tobacco: Most definitely dip or snuff can cause oral cancer due to the carcinogens in the tobacco. Quitting was the best thing you did 4 years ago. Your chances of developing oral cancer are quite small at this point. Do make sure you are examined by a dentist or ENT surgeon to check you thoroughly. Read more

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