Cancer Pictures

Smokeless tobacco, dip, snuff and chew are dangerous. Not only do they cause bad breath & sore throats they are incredibly disgusting. If you can get past that, there’s always the threat of cancer and other oral diseases. Here are some photos of those diseases. Hopefully, this isn’t you! Click on each photo for a larger view.

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  1. immadoitthistime

    21 days dip free after 36 years of dipping. We can do this together. Smokeless tobacco is a killer

    • Smoking and tobacco has been the most often associated factor for lip and oral cancers. Cigarettes contain various carcinogens including tar. The chemical substances found in cigarettes damages the lining of the lip, which causes abnormal cells to proliferate. Almost all patients who suffered from lip cancer are smokers.

  2. I chewed Copenhagen for nearly 30 years and eventually got periodontal disease. No cancer or tooth lose. Had Laser Assisted new attachment procedure (LANAP) with Osseous Surgery which was very successful and incidentally cost me $6200 out of pocket. Extremely painful procedure.

    I genuinely loved chewing tobacco and successfully quit after the surgery because I simply couldn’t put the dip in my lip. I was on a liquid / soft food diet for one month and used nicotine patches to get me through it. I’m happy to report I have been off dip for 4 months. I’ve convinced myself dipping is a disgusting habit where I was intentionally poisoning myself. All told my life is tremendously better being a non-dipper. I hope all of you who want to quit do. You can and will if your committed. I also had two military buddies who also dipped and we all quit together with varying degrees of success. That support was critical.

    Again, you can quit. Rest assured dip will kill you or make you wish you were dead.

    • And ironically enough I’m a 47 year old man. My father caught my older brother and I smoking as teenagers. After tanning our rear-ends, he turned us on to dip. My father eventually died at the age of 50 from stomach and throat cancer. He died a horrible, painful death.

      I’m convinced had I proceeded as my father did I would find a similar fate. Unfortunately 4 months dip free isn’t a guarantee I won’t have complications. At the end of the day I quit. That’s a darn good start to a healthier lifestyle…

      • My buddy GUARD BUM will be posting something on this topic shortly. A bit dimwitted, but don’t doubt his commitment to quit. It’s been two days off of dip for him and I propose we support him…

    • i am former military my self and i can qwuit but after that i do not know what to do with myself. there is a big hole where i would normally being dipping because if i am not dipping then i am drinking koolaid or soda or milk or eating. i have already had cancer of the bladder and that was not to bad but i know i can get cancer. well after the surgery i went down from 30 cans a month to 13 cans a month now i am back up to 18 cans a month and i do not know how to commite to qwuiting. i do not have friends that can or will give me the support i need to qwuit long term can sombody help me in a small way. i have seen the pictures and they make me sick. i do not want to wind up like the poor souls in those pictures.

  3. Reading comments, I couldn’t help but comment myself…Im 38. Chewing tobacco since I was 18. Ive went to my 2 year checkups and cleanings religiously. Yes, ive had periods of mouth pain over the years, some receeding of gums(luckily my roots are very long) and occasional bad breath. I know im not immune to cancer, so relax. I check my mouth every few months….nothing ever suspicious. Knock on wood. My opinion…its in your genes! Some people just shouldn’t ever do it! Some will get away with it. Im half dutch, half Mexican indian. Think about it…:)

    • Timothy Supan DMD

      Good luck is all I have to say. Oral cancer mimicks so many other oral conditions in appearance that by the time you find it, it may be too late. It aggressively metastasizes and the treatment options include gross resection of the area, chemo, and radiation that can leave the person with chronic pain, dysfunction, and disfigurement. The difficulty of early detection (which often is due to poor doctor/dentist recalls) is why the 5 year survival rate is still only about 50%. I have a hard time understanding how chewing tobacco is worth the risk. I hope you or your family never has to deal with this terrible disease. My prayers to all cancer victims. Timothy Supan DMD

      • As for your question about chewing tobacco is worth the risk…is smoking meth or shooting heroin worth the risk? 99% of people that have an addiction aren’t caculating the risk. All were looking at is the reward. What will we get out of doing ____. Fill in the blank with chew, prescription drugs, meth, etc… Then when it does get to the point of caculating the risk it’s usually pretty far down the rabbit hole. Either you’re on the brink of death/losing everything/cancer etc…

        So yes, it would be wise to weigh all decisions throughly first. But most people don’t do that.

  4. Thank you for all the photos. I am trying desperately to beat this message into my 18 year old son’s head. He is sneaking dip and I want him to quit.

  5. Why is there no warning labels on the outside of candy, or anything else than can cause oral cancer?

    • Great question. And one that I don’t really have an answer for. My guess would be that there has never been a direct link made between candy and oral cancer. That link has been made between smokeless and cigarettes.

      I spose if we’re being honest, there’s a SLEW of things that can potentially give you cancer. As we both know there are lobbies on both sides that throw millions (billions?) into getting warning labels onto products as well as keeping them off of others.

      • Thanks for the slap in the mouth! Literally! I’m 37 and smoked for 12 years, quit and started dipping 8 years ago. Have never had a cavity but my gum line has receded some and these nuts that’s saying these pics aren’t from dipping are retards. Notice how the cancer is always on the side of the tongue or in the pocket of the jaw?!
        This scared me to tears! I’m done! Got me a few pieces of nicerette gum if I have to have it. I have a family with 3 little girls and as great of a risk it is this day to get cancer I can’t think of how miserable it would be to think of telling my family I caused my own cancer because of a damned addiction. Time to flex up and grow up,
        Thanks! Seth A.

  6. I lost my brother to tongue cancer 2 years ago and he went thru hell. It started as him sounding hoarse and a swollen lymph node behind his ear. He had a massive tumor at the base of his tongue. He went thru 3 rounds of chemo and radiation, plus 4 surgeries over the course of 6 years. He had been a musician and singer and all he wanted was to sing again. That never happened. His last surgery consisted of losing half of his tongue and most of his throat. He was fed thru a tube for the last 3 years of his life. He couldn’t speak normally; he couldn’t eat and he was a great cook. Everything he loved was taken away from him. He was a recovering alcoholic (11 years) and hadn’t smoked in years, but his type of cancer is usually found in men 50 and older who had been drinkers and smokers. He fit the bill perfectly. I watched my sweet brother suffer more than anyone should ever have to do. He fought like hell for 6 years until his poor body just couldn’t fight anymore. He was 56 years old when he died. His death has devastated our family. Our hearts are crushed. He left behind his wife, daughter and 2 beautiful granddaughters he adored. He left behind our mom and dad, his twin brother, me – his big sister and our younger brother. Please don’t drink, smoke or chew – it could eventually cost you your life. It’s not worth the momentary enjoyment. Believe me, my beloved brother would be the first one to tell you so. Love and miss you so very, very much Alan. I cry for you every day xxxxxxx

    • This story brought tears to my eyes. I’m so very sorry your brother had to go through that. I hope you can come to some peace someday. God bless you

    • I am so sorry for your loss!! My husband dipped for 5 years and went to the dentist and said there was precancerous spot on his jaw. He quit then and has recently went back and forth. I have been trying to get him to quit for good, but he just won’t listen. I lost a cousin that had mouth cancer from dipping. I don’t remember him much just that he didn’t have most of his jaw. Again sorry for your loss!!

  7. Kevin look up chew ingredients…there is rat poison in there and a million other chemicals younclean toilets with. It’s NOT safer. Quit for you or get off here. Don’t tell yourself these lies.

  8. I go because I have cavities and I’m working to get them fixed and i just don’t know why you all try to bash on dip i was on my way to throat cancer until I switched to dip dip saved my life and it can save your unhappy ass because other people are happy doing what they love and you just want to ruin that why not just let people do shit them selves. you do know in smoking those cancer sticks there over 3,000+ chemicals in that little stick you suck on most of those pictures are caused by smoking you cant fool any one im here to change all the stupid shit yall say about dip

    • If you think dip saved your life I’m not going to bother trying to convince you otherwise.

      You’ve got so many cavities that you’re going to the doctor monthly? Maybe… just maybe… your dipping habit has something to do with that? Nah… couldn’t be.

      • If you look at the pictures, you can tell that not a single one of them took care of there mouths at all. Also, there is no proof that those pictures are from smokeless tobacco. Yes, smokeless tobacco can cause cancer, I’m not saying it doesn’t, but statistics show that people develop oral cancer a TON more from smoking than using smokeless tobacco. Why is there no comercials showing the dangerous of smokeless tobacco? It’s because there is not enough cases worthy enough to waste money on comercials for something that is not causing a huge problem. Again, it can cause oral cancer, but you do not hear of people dying from oral cancer SPECIFICALLY from smokeless tobacco, you do, however, here of people dying from oral cancer from smoking.

        • I don’t disagree. These people clearly haven’t taken care of their oral health, and that includes smoking & dipping.

          Why are there no commercials? Honestly I don’t know. But I’d tend to agree with you. My guess is the Big Tobacco lobbies are too strong and and anti-smokeless folks don’t have the money, time or inclination to go after them.

          Even though smoking rates are at a decline, there are still WAY more smokers out there than dippers. No argument from me there. Gotta pick your battles.

  9. and yall do know that smoking can cause most of these two and you cant get rid of it man and idk why yall try its stupid

  10. for starter none of this would happen as long as you take care of yourself ive been dipping for 20 years and not one problem first brush your teeth after or two – three times a day second switch it up go to the other side or top this will give time for your mouth tissue to heal and smoking you put in over 3,000 chemicals dip is a lot safer for you there has been a plethera of studies you cant fool me i go to the dentist every month for a check up and they dont see any problems but then again every one is different

  11. I have been chewing for three years trying to quit and have a lil chin pain and my ears crack anybody know wat that is

  12. Damn!!!!! Had I seen these pics before….I never would have bought my first tin. Horrifying!!!!

  13. what cancer

    • These are all pictures of oral cancer.

    • I have some small small spot..in my mouth but it is not paining….is this..sign of anything bad to me..like cancer…or not please help me…..i am chewing tobacco since last ten years…i have this small small spot since last 4 years…please reply me fast

      • Hi Patel – it’s difficult to say without seeing it and even then I’m not qualified to make a diagnosis as I’m not a dentist. I’d suggest you get it checked by a professional but I’m guessing it’s nothing to worry about.

  14. I have a sore under my tongue and also have a weird pain under my throat. Is this a side affect

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  16. Hi
    I was using this tobacco about5 years recently I quit..but now my lower lip is paing..and nothing changes in the skin …can you help me

    • Tough to say as I’m not a doctor. I can tell you that MANY people get pain in their lip / mouth after they quit. Would suggest you going to see your doctor / dentist but also tell you that it’s most likely nothing.

      • I’m worried my back of my tongue is starting to look exa tly like the picture next to the guy with his neck cut open and it feels swollen when swallowing, and there is some good size bumps back there. You have any idea

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  18. All my bottom lip in both corners has painless clusters of white cold sore like spots appear. I was getting concerned it may be cancer though it doesn’t look like any of the ones in the pictures. Would cancerous spots be painful?

    • I can’t speak to your spcecific situation as I’m not a doctor. If you’re concerned there’s no reason not to get checked out.

      That said, my dentist told me once, “The bad stuff doesn’t hurt.”

      • Lower lip often swells up and thickens. I’m in highschool and dip daily. Is lip swelling a sign of cancer?

        • Hi Nate – I doubt it, but I’m not a doctor or a dentist. If you’re worried about it I’d suggest getting it checked just for some peace of mind.

  19. Starting appears white colours above my tongue,then now little black spots appears inside between the teeth.,when I was ate spicy foods very hardly irritated. I think may be symptoms of cancer,please could anybody’s give a solution for preventing…? Whatever the food eating to preventing….?

  20. Hi Chewie, great resources you have here. It’s a very helpful website and has confirmed my desire to quit chewing.

    I’m 22 and have chewed for about 4-5 years, but it really picked up 2 years ago. Two of my problems associated with chewing so far are 1. My bottom front teeth are becoming a little crooked, is this possible with dip? and 2. Sometimes it’s a little harder to open my jaw all the way and, more importantly, 3. I feel like i’m developing an underbite because of it??

    • Thanks for the kind words and congrats on a great decision to quit! As for your questions… I’m not a dentist, so I’d suggest speaking with yours. Keeping anything between your cheek and gum (and up against your teeth) could potentially cause teeth to shift so I spose it’s possible that the crooked teeth could be associated. I’m not sure about the underbite / jaw issues as it pertains to smokeless use.

  21. So all of these people you are saying their cancer was specifically caused from smokeless tobacco? There is no solid medical proof of that. There was even court cases that were thrown out because there is no medical proof of it either. Of all the oral cancer cases every year reported only a small percentage of them even used smokeless tobacco.

  22. I kiss somebody then after couple of days I developed a small sols in my mouth and toung.what’s can this be?can cancer be spread in such a way like kissing?

  23. my inside lip now black colour its any problem change the colour black shade help me pls whats the reason its cancer plsss

    • Tintu – not quite sure what you’re asking, but it sounds like you’ve got some dark coloration in your mouth. I’d suggest you get it checked by a dentist or an oral surgeon.

  24. I have something in my tongue also the doctor said it looks like cancer then another said it doesnt what we need is to be checked out thoroughly and told the truth i dont chew tabacco but i do smoke cigars what you need is a biopsy or see a dentist about your mouth thats what i was told

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  26. I have a single tiny white barely visible “pus filled looking” movable bump lower lip near gums for the past year and its still the same size. Should I be worried? If i touch it, it rolls away from my finger like a soft cyst. It doesnt hurt but recenty i been messing with it so i know im irritating it.I use to chew for only about a year or little longer on and off. and I’ve quit it pretty easily..im 20 years old and basically haven’t done it in about 2 years but I’m wondering if this could be something serious or more so a tiny cyst, abcess or something of that nature..any helpful knowledge of how a quick cancer would grow or if it was a tumor wouldn’t it grow bigger and be unmovable? And if it was cancer wouldn’t I be experiencing serious health conditions by now? I’ve been gaining weight recently and feel totally fine just need another perspective..thanks!

  27. I have a small very black spot on the inside of my lower lip. Is this sign of cancer

    • Trish – my first inclination would be to say “no” this isn’t cancer. It could very easily be a broken blood vessel caused by biting your lip or some other reason that has caused the discoloration. That being said, I am NOT a doctor or a dentist and if it’s something you’re worried about I’d suggesting seeing your dentist to have him take a look at it.

  28. These pictures should be on the back of each chew can, I would of never picked the shit up. I am only in day 2 of quiting but these pictures are enough to make you sick

  29. 12/03/2013…. The date I read this page and also the date I quit using dip!!

  30. Because of Chewie’s reply, I WILL quit.
    Thank you Bro

  31. What’s the first step to quitting thinking about it but just don’t have the will power to do it I think

    • Honestly… you’ve taken the first step. You’ve been poking around the Internet and you’ve landed on our little corner of the web. Luckily for you, our little corner of the web is all about quitting dip! You’ve commented on a page that’s full of pictures of cancer due to smokeless tobacco. That tells me that there’s a little bit of fear, and a little bit of reality in your thought process… that’s a good combination.

      The next step… and quite frankly… the most important step, is for you to make your decision: http://www.killthecan.org/facts-figures/the-decision-to-quit-dip/ When you’ve done that, it’s GO TIME. Join our forum at http://forum.killthecan.org/ where you’ve got 17,000+ other people who “get it” cause we’ve all been right where are. We won’t tell you it’s easy… it’s not. We won’t tell you you’ll enjoy it… you won’t. But we’ll tell you the truth. We’ll tell you what to expect, we’ll support you, we’ll be there for you. And we’ll share with you one universal truth that you probably already know… all that pain and suffering you’ll go through to get quit… is 100% worth it. FREEDOM from nicotine is an AMAZING thing. I promise. I wouldn’t still be quit today if it weren’t. Looking forward to hearing from you friend… when you’re ready we’ll be here.

      • I’m nervous about it I’ve been dipping for 20 years and the tell tell signs are there like sores and white discoloring on the outside of my lower lip I switched from Copenhagen to grizzly I know thats just a mind set I’m worried because I don’t have insurance

  32. Thease pictures definitely very helpful to those who are all interested to quit.

  33. i am also quit today.thanks for your strength to quit.

  34. This needs shown in all WV public schools!

    • All schools. All states. Whether public or private. Some of the smartest and brightest and socially responsible as well as popular are prone to starting this.

      • Hey u all can use indian yoga ,I asure u it can get rid of all kind of cancer and use herbal remedies.cure rate 80%

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