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I tried chewing tobacco once, will I get cancer?

I tried chewing tobacco once, will I get cancer?

How much and how: Long? If your use was only a trial of use, your risk of cancer is not affected. I trust that you are not using tobacco in any form, any more. ...Read more

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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Is it possible to get cancer after chewing tobacco for just 6 months?

Yes: But it is also possible for anyone to get cancer, even if they have not been chewing tobacco. We know chewing tobacco increases the risk of certain types of cancer. See your md. ...Read more

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Can the type of chewing tobacco affect the time it could take to develop cancer?

Can the type of chewing tobacco affect the time it could take to develop cancer?

Perhaps: Many factors affect the development of cancer including at least 28 chemicals (carcinogens) in smokeless tobacco which can cause cancer. The most harmful are nitrosamines which vary 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?

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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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.

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.

You know the cure: How fortunate you are -- you know how to cure yourself of worry! Simply stop chewing tobacco since you realize it can cause oral cancer. There is no definitive time limit on this, but you can certainly prevent it from now on. ...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 quickly can you get oral cancer from smokeless chewing tobacco?

How quickly can you get oral cancer from smokeless chewing tobacco?

Varies: It varies depending on the ethnicity of the user, length of time using chewing tobacco,
it starts as white patches in the inside of check or under the tongue that gets harder in time and turn cancerous.
Regular dental check up visits to your dentist can discover that in early stages or before it from and suggest treatment ...Read more

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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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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 have been chewing tobacco for 20-21 months now and have recently become afraid of oral cancer. Is this a long enough time to get it? What's typical?

I have been chewing tobacco for 20-21 months now and have recently become afraid of oral cancer. Is this a long enough time to get it? What's typical?

Quit while ahead!: If you quit now, you will greatly reduce your chance of oral and other cancers. It is unlikely that you have cancer now from the use of tobacco, but there is considerable variation, based on genetics. I can not emphasize too much that you should quit using tobacco in any form while you are ahead. ...Read more

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Could I get cancer or rotted teeth from chewing tobacco?

Cancer easily: Chewing tobacco contains known carcinogens. The odds that you will get oral cancer if you chew are much higher than if you do not. Chewing tobacco by itself will not significantly increase your rate of tooth decay. ...Read more

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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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How long does it take to get oral cancer from chewing tobacco? Worse if chew in off season?

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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Can you get cancer or gum disease from the bagged chewing tobacco even though there aren't any additives inside?

Yup: The tobacco still contains carcinogens, and they can leach directly into your soft tissues. Alcohol only accelerates the process. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get mouth cancer from chewing tobacco?

How long does it take to get mouth cancer from chewing tobacco?

Years: The development of mouth cancer due to tobacco related products takes years and multiple exposures. ...Read more

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From one time of doing chewing tobacco, can I get mouth cancer?

No: You should be fine. Smoking and chewing are both unhealthy habits that can have horrible consequences so do yourself a favor and don't ever get into the habit. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How long will it take to get mouth cancer from chewing tobacco?

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. ...Read more

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Chances of getting cancer from chewing tobacco?

Chances too much!: 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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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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What causes chewing tobacco to cause cancer but chewing, let's say, maple leaves doesn't?

Chewing tabacco: Chewing tabacco has many known carcinogens. Betel nut chewing has also been linked to carcinogenesis. ...Read more

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Why does chewing tobacco, which contains absolutely no smoke or tar at all, cause cancer?

Why does chewing tobacco, which contains absolutely no smoke or tar at all, cause cancer?

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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Can you let me know how many times does it take to do chewing tobacco before you develop cancer?

Unknown: From the first use carcinogens are being absorbed into your soft tissues. Continued use only increases your chances of developing carcinoma. ...Read more

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How many dips of chewing tobacco a day would be reasonably safe in the aspect of not developing cancer?

None, zero, nada: You cannot tell how much is enough to cause cancer in a particular individual. My advise: don't dip at all. ...Read more

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I have tried chewing tobacco maybe 20 times. I have don't try anymore ever again. Shoul I be worried about cancer?

I have tried chewing tobacco maybe 20 times. I have don't try anymore ever again. Shoul I be worried about cancer?

Oral Chew: No. There is no reason to worry or be anxious. You are not at an increased risk for cancer due to you very limited use of chewing tobacco. ...Read more

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What are the first signs of mouth cancer from chewing tobacco?

Leukoplakia: The tissues will turn white and have the look of almost being cooked or smoke cured. If this persists over time it causes the cells to mutate trying to repair the constant assault of chemicals, only to fail with over production of cancer cells. Bottom line........Stop. ...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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Does chewing tobacco have a huge risk of causing oral cancer?

Yes: Oral cancer has multiple risk factors - chewing tobacco is one additional risk factor and should be avoided. ...Read more

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