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Dip/chewing Tobacco - should I worry about Oral Cancer ?

Im 17 years old and i love a pinch of dip Smile yum. I love grizzly longcut mint/wintergreen, or even natural.

Ive been dippin on and off since i was 15 years old. Never more than a can a week, and i wont do it every week. If i ever stop getting a buzz, i quit for a couple months until i get one again. I love to dip, because its something fun to do, and it feels good. Im not addicted, and can quit whenever i want to. ive gone severeal months without even craving dip. I just quit when i stop gettin a buzz, or feel like quittin.

do i need to worry about oral cancer? my uncle has been doing it way more than i have for several years, and he does it multiple times a day. i'll only usualy take like a pinch of two a day maybe.

should i worry? i also smoke occassionally (rarely) and drink alcohol, which i guess can increase the length of time it takes.

thoughts?
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replied October 24th, 2007
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Are you aware of the risk you are taking to eventually develop oral cancer?

Have you tried to stop smoking and drinking?

Tobacco use in all its forms is number one on the list of risk factors for oral cancer.

Do you know that those who both smoke and drink, have a 15 times greater risk of developing oral cancer than others.

Have you heard that young men and women who use conventional "smokeless" chewing or spit tobacco have grater rates of oral cancer, other cancers, infections and diseases?
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replied October 25th, 2007
yes i am aware, but i know several adults who used to dip all the time. A lot of older people i know have been smoking for over 20 years, 3 cigs a day every day, and dont have lung cancer or mouth cancer, and they drink alcohol.
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replied October 29th, 2007
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That doesn't mean that they won't develop cancer or other disease in a mean time.
And, also, that fact doesn't lower you chances to have some medical problem at early age.
I guess it takes strength and will, to get rid of this "addiction", but you are very young and If you try you can succeed.

Take care of youself!
Best wishes!
Marija
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replied March 22nd, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
Cancer is multifactorial and usually affects genetically susceptible individuals.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan
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