Smokeless Taabacco and Oral Cancer

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Running Head: SMOKELESS TOBACCO AND ORAL CANCER

Smokeless Tobacco and Oral Cancer
Diana Candamo
DEH2400 Oral Pathology
September 22, 2011
Broward College

Smokeless Tobacco and Oral Cancer
Like cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products contain a variety of toxins associated with cancer (The American Dental Association, 2011). Smokeless tobacco is not burned, but it is chewed and is also known as chewing tobacco, oral tobacco, spit or spitting tobacco, dip, chew, and snuff (National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, 2010). According to the National Cancer Institute, “People in many regions and countries, including North America, Northern Europe, India and other Asian countries, and parts of Africa, have a long history of using smokeless tobacco products” (National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, 2010). There are two types of smokeless tobacco: Chewing tobacco and snuff (National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, 2010). Chewing tobacco is usually placed between the cheeks and lower lips, towards the back of the mouth, while snuff is pinched or pouched between the checks and gums or behind the upper or lower lip (National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, 2010). Even though the tobacco is being spitted out, the Nicotine in the tobacco is being absorbed through the lining of the mouth as well as at least 28 chemicals that have been found to cause cancer (National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, 2010). One of the most harmful chemicals found in tobacco is nitrosamines (National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, 2010). Scientists have found that the nitrosamines level is related to the risk of cancer (National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, 2010). Smokeless tobacco is known to cause cancer in the mouth, lip and tongue (The American Dental Association, 2011). Oral cancer is diagnosed by the following symptoms:...
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