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My husband wants to get his tongue pierced but uses smokeless tobacco. Will he get cancer at the piercing?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Unlikely

Smokeless tobacco is so bad for so many reasons.
Although the whole mouth and throat is at risk, the tongue, with a piercing is not at extra increased risk.

In brief: Unlikely

Smokeless tobacco is so bad for so many reasons.
Although the whole mouth and throat is at risk, the tongue, with a piercing is not at extra increased risk.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Sameer Gupta
Internal Medicine - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Tobacco and cancer

Tobacco is responsible for many cancer (smokeless also).
. Piercing by itself is unlikely to cause cancer but tobacco use is a big risk factor.

In brief: Tobacco and cancer

Tobacco is responsible for many cancer (smokeless also).
. Piercing by itself is unlikely to cause cancer but tobacco use is a big risk factor.
Dr. Sameer Gupta
Dr. Sameer Gupta
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Dr. Chad Levitt
Radiation Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Smokeless tobacco

Regardless of the piercing, the smokeless tobacco is more of a cancer risk than almost any other behavior. Please quit.

In brief: Smokeless tobacco

Regardless of the piercing, the smokeless tobacco is more of a cancer risk than almost any other behavior. Please quit.
Dr. Chad Levitt
Dr. Chad Levitt
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe not, BUT......

Maybe not cancer, but tongue barbells can chip or fracture front teeth.
Gums can be damaged by the rubbing of barbells requiring periodontal surgery. If the barbell becomes unscrewed it could be aspirated into the lungs. Infections can be quite severe & eventually lead to disfigurement. There can be significant blood loss & permanent neuralgia (pain).

In brief: Maybe not, BUT......

Maybe not cancer, but tongue barbells can chip or fracture front teeth.
Gums can be damaged by the rubbing of barbells requiring periodontal surgery. If the barbell becomes unscrewed it could be aspirated into the lungs. Infections can be quite severe & eventually lead to disfigurement. There can be significant blood loss & permanent neuralgia (pain).
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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