Smokeless Tobacco Topic Guide
Smokeless Tobacco: Smokeless tobacco, often referred to as chewing tobacco or spitting tobacco is associated with a variety of health risks including cancer. Some of the health risks of smokeless tobacco include cancers of the oral cavity, gum disease, dental carries, tooth loss, and leukoplakia. Some research suggests smokeless tobacco increases the risk of heart disease (heart attack and stroke).
Cancer of the Mouth and Throat Cancer of the mouth and throat may look like an ulcer or a sore on the tongue, lips, inside lining of the cheeks, and other structures. Tobacco use, sun exposure, and human papillomavirus (HPV) are just some risk factors for mouth and throat cancer. Treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and targeted therapy. The prognosis of mouth and throat cancer depends on many factors.
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