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My Chances of cancer

im 15, ive chewed tobacco every day during the summer while im working for the past 2 years and some what chewed off and on during school. now i have some redness and small bumps in a place in my mouth where i usually dont keep chew, what are my chances of this being cancerous? also my family does have a history of cancer and i have good oral health except lately my dentist sayed i have minor case of gingivitis. Hey, it has been a year later & I realize this news sounds terrible but I slowed very little on using snuff in this past year. After reading your inquiries, I followed your instructions all except consulting a doctor. Then the habit later continued for a long period of time. The bumps still remain & recently the redness & all other symptoms went away. I also recently quit one week strong (again) & was wondering about anyone's thoughts on this matter. I deeply apologize for the continuation, but this is not a stroll through the daisies & I have struggled with this.
Asked On : Sat, 2 Apr 2011
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Tobacco chewing at such young age makes you susceptible to a variety of oral & oropharyngeal diseases including malignancies. Family history is definitely a risk factor. My advice for you would be to use a good mouthwash /oral rinse to maintain the oral hygiene( having gingivitis is an indication of poor oral hygiene) avoid further tobacco chewing , have a balanced diet which includes plenty of fruits and vegetables( to provide you with the necessary vitamins & minerals that a growing boy needs) and a multivitamin supplement . The condition should improve with stoppage of the tobacco chewing .You may consult an ENT Specialist for further advice after proper checkup.
Answered: Sat, 2 Apr 2011
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Hi dear
Welcome to HealthcareMagic.
Its rare that a 15 year old can get oral cancer.But with your tobacco habit , you definitely stand at a rsisk of getting oral cancer.These bumps could be due to vitamin deficiency or your gingivitis.Though oral cancer can present like this .It is very important for you to visit a General surgeon and get this evaluated as early as possible.
Take care.
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