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Is oral cancer likely if I have only used chewed for 2 years?

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Dr. Wayne Roccia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree

In brief: Unlikely

Although possible, short term use of smokeless tobacco is very unlikely to cause oral cancer by itself.
If combined with smoking or alcohol use, then the chances go way up. If concerned, see your oral surgeon asap.

In brief: Unlikely

Although possible, short term use of smokeless tobacco is very unlikely to cause oral cancer by itself.
If combined with smoking or alcohol use, then the chances go way up. If concerned, see your oral surgeon asap.
Dr. Wayne Roccia
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

At your age, oral cancer from chewing tobacco is unlikely.
The worst form of tobacco use for oral disease is using snuff, which is packed into the lower lip, and in contact for a long time. It starts by making the tissue whitish, and then cellular changes may occur. Good that you stopped!

In brief: No

At your age, oral cancer from chewing tobacco is unlikely.
The worst form of tobacco use for oral disease is using snuff, which is packed into the lower lip, and in contact for a long time. It starts by making the tissue whitish, and then cellular changes may occur. Good that you stopped!
Dr. David Schleimer
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Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry

In brief: No

Exposure to the toxins in chewing tobacco when very prolonged create the greatest exposure to oral cancer.
Have your teeth cleaned frequently and request the clinician to check visually and with a velscope if they have one. That is the best way to watch for damaged tissue. And don't use it again. It really is bad for you systemically with addiction and local tissue with contact.

In brief: No

Exposure to the toxins in chewing tobacco when very prolonged create the greatest exposure to oral cancer.
Have your teeth cleaned frequently and request the clinician to check visually and with a velscope if they have one. That is the best way to watch for damaged tissue. And don't use it again. It really is bad for you systemically with addiction and local tissue with contact.
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine

In brief: Yes

Yes, it can still happen.
It's not necessarily a time thing. It also depends on your genetics, other health history, and exposure to other substances (drugs, pollution, industrial, etc.).

In brief: Yes

Yes, it can still happen.
It's not necessarily a time thing. It also depends on your genetics, other health history, and exposure to other substances (drugs, pollution, industrial, etc.).
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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