Does chewing tobacco cause cancer?

In the majority of cases, a lesion from chewing tobacco, left unchecked, will progress from dysplastic to cancerous. Oral Cancer is most difficult to treat and the treatment itself can be disfiguring and depending on the stage of the disease, unsuccessful. 

There is a culture of chewing tobacco use in young men, especially those playing sports. I have noticed it starts later in high school and continues through college, should they be playing at this level. I do not know if it is peer pressure that these young men continue to chew, but they will not quit easily. One would think that being sent to an oral surgeon for biopsy might prevent this habit from starting up again- sadly, many continue. 

My only advice is to NEVER EVER START!! Bad habits, especially those that cause chemical dependence, are very hard to break!

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

In a head-to-toe journey  in cancer prevention, Dr. Oz reveals how bad chewing tobacco is for the entire body and the risk it poses for oral cancer in this video.

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