Does throat cancer affect older and younger people differently?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

In general, people older than 50 are more likely to develop throat cancer. However, use of smokeless tobacco is the most prevalent in people between 18 and 24. Smokeless tobacco use is one of the greatest risk factors for developing throat cancer. There are 28 different chemicals that cause cancer in chewing tobacco and snuff. Like cigarettes, smokeless tobacco contains nicotine, which is an addictive substance. Nicotine from smokeless tobacco stays in the system longer and is absorbed in greater quantities than nicotine from cigarettes.

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