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Can you get tongue cancer by chewing tobacco?

Can you get tongue cancer by chewing tobacco?

ABSOLUTELY: Smoking, excessive drinking, chewing tobacco, dipping snuff are all very high risk activities for developing cancer in the mouth and throat region - not just the tongue. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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First time chewing tobacco white dots on tongue? Cancer?

First time chewing tobacco white dots on tongue? Cancer?

Unrelated: It would be impossible for a first time exposure to chewing tobacco to cause cancer of the oral cavity. Cancer should always be ruled out, but it is not related to the one episode of chewing tobacco. Probably nothing. Brush your tongue, if the spots do not abate, go see an oral/maxillo-facial surgeon for differential diagnosis. ...Read more

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How much tobacco must you smoke to get tongue cancer?

Not Known, so Stop!: Tobacco causes cancer. How much and when we don't know. Not only do different people have different body types and differing resistance, but other factors also are important. For example, alcohol consumption also adds to the risk of oral cancer. Don't take a chance, don't use tobacco! ...Read more

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What causes chewing tobacco to cause cancer (i still don't understand why)?

What causes chewing tobacco to cause cancer (i still don't understand why)?

Carcinogens: At least 28 chemicals (carcinogens) in smokeless tobacco can cause cancer. The most harmful chemicals are tobacco-specific nitrosamines, which are formed during the growing, curing, fermenting, and aging of tobacco. The level of nitrosamines varies by product and scientists have found that the nitrosamine level is directly related to the risk of cancer. ...Read more

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My dad didn't get cancer from chewing tobacco, will i?

My dad didn't get cancer from chewing tobacco, will i?

That is a very good: ...Question. Many folks use tobacco products and never have cancer but a large number of folks suffering of different kinds of cancers have been users. You can't tell who will and who won't. Chewing tobacco is a risky habit and (no disrespect intended) kinda disgusting. Believe me, you do not want to see what could happen to you if you continue. Please please do not use tobacco in any form. ...Read more

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Can chewing tobacco help prevent cancer?

Can chewing tobacco help prevent cancer?

NO!: There is no safe form of tobacco. At least 28 chemicals in smokeless tobacco have been found to cause cancer. Smokeless tobacco causes oral cancer, esophageal cancer, and pancreatic cancer but also heart disease, gum disease, and oral lesions other than cancer, such as leukoplakia (precancerous white patches in the mouth). Do yourself an enormous favor and do not use tobacco in any form. ...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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Chewing Tobacco (Definition)

Chewing tobacco is a type of smokeless tobacco that, when chewed, releases nicotine and flavor. It is highly addictive and is ...Read more


Snuff (Definition)

Snuff is chewing tobacco. Although not smoked, chewing tobacco has negative health effects, such as being associated with the ...Read more