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If I chew tobacco once in a while, can I get mouth cancer?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, you can

Even though perhaps you only chew once in a while, unfortunately, yes you can still get a mouth cancer.
Obviously the risk will be higher if you also drink alcohol, or have other bad habits.. So, stop chewing any tobacco.

In brief: Yes, you can

Even though perhaps you only chew once in a while, unfortunately, yes you can still get a mouth cancer.
Obviously the risk will be higher if you also drink alcohol, or have other bad habits.. So, stop chewing any tobacco.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

So do not chew tobacco at all.

In brief: Yes

So do not chew tobacco at all.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. John Washburn
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

You can get oral cancer even if you don't chew tobacco at all, but obviously chewing increases your risk.
The more you do it, the greater your risk, but even small amounts will increase that risk.

In brief: Yes

You can get oral cancer even if you don't chew tobacco at all, but obviously chewing increases your risk.
The more you do it, the greater your risk, but even small amounts will increase that risk.
Dr. John Washburn
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Yes

Yes. See oral surgeon or ENT doc if you have any of these symptoms: Persistent mouth sore, persistent mouth pain, a lump or thickening in the cheek, a white/red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth, a sore throat, hoarseness or feeling that something is caught in the throat that does not go away, difficulty swallowing/chewing.

In brief: Yes

Yes. See oral surgeon or ENT doc if you have any of these symptoms: Persistent mouth sore, persistent mouth pain, a lump or thickening in the cheek, a white/red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth, a sore throat, hoarseness or feeling that something is caught in the throat that does not go away, difficulty swallowing/chewing.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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