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How quickly can mouth cancer develop from using smokeless tobacco?

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Dr. Joseph Ritz
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Indeterrninate

Although a true malignancy may take longer, changes associated with the use of such a known carcinogen are observable fairly quickly.
Dont try to "play the odds" here. Continued use creates a "not if, but when" scenario. Quit now!

In brief: Indeterrninate

Although a true malignancy may take longer, changes associated with the use of such a known carcinogen are observable fairly quickly.
Dont try to "play the odds" here. Continued use creates a "not if, but when" scenario. Quit now!
Dr. Joseph Ritz
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
A few percent of people who use smokeless tobacco will develop an oral cancer. Even though the cancer risk is less than with smoking, what sensible person in this day and age wants to keep making the tobacco company CEO's rich? Let your anger at the people who caused you to become addicted in the first place drive you to get the best revenge -- quitting!
3 doctors agree

In brief: It Varies For People

Smokeless tobacco contains the same cancer inducing chemicals that are in all tobacco products.
Since it is held in the mouth, the harmful chemicals are directly contacting your mouth mucosa. The duration of onset of cancer varies from person to person -- some teens get oral cancer from it in only a few years while others use it for decades. Best advise is to stop using all tobacco products.

In brief: It Varies For People

Smokeless tobacco contains the same cancer inducing chemicals that are in all tobacco products.
Since it is held in the mouth, the harmful chemicals are directly contacting your mouth mucosa. The duration of onset of cancer varies from person to person -- some teens get oral cancer from it in only a few years while others use it for decades. Best advise is to stop using all tobacco products.
Dr. Simon Rosenberg
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Unknown

Unknown, better not to start.
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: Unknown

Unknown, better not to start.
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
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