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Can you get a mouth cancer from smoking just a few cigarette?

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

In brief: Probably not

Smoking just a few cigarettes in a lifetime should not increase head and neck cancer risk appreciably.
Smoking a few cigarettes a day, however, certainly will.

In brief: Probably not

Smoking just a few cigarettes in a lifetime should not increase head and neck cancer risk appreciably.
Smoking a few cigarettes a day, however, certainly will.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Probably note

Oral cancers that are due to smoking are the result of chronic irritation from daily exposure to the toxins in cigarettes or smokeless tobacco.
This irritation is potentiated by the abuse of alcohol.

In brief: Probably note

Oral cancers that are due to smoking are the result of chronic irritation from daily exposure to the toxins in cigarettes or smokeless tobacco.
This irritation is potentiated by the abuse of alcohol.
Dr. Dennis Diaz
Dr. Dennis Diaz
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: No, but

No, but 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: No, but

No, but 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
Dr. Louis Gallia
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