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Does sugarless chewing gum cause oral cancer?
nicholasprady posted:

Despite searching online for several days, I could not find a good, definitive answer to this question!

A couple of studies from 2006 have indicated that chewing gum actually REDUCES chances of oral cancer. Plus, it is beneficial for oral hygiene in the general sense. However, I havent specifically seen studies that checked whether SUGARLESS chewing gum has any oral cancer risk. Do ingredients like "Natural and artificial flavors", "colors", "gum base", Acesulfame, BHT carry any cancer risks? How many sticks per day are ok?

Any expert advice on this?


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georgiagail responded:
There is no evidence to indicate chewing sugarless gum being linked to oral cancer.

The biggest risk to oral cancer remains tobacco abuse, although oral HPV is also a factor.

Shmoopie replied to georgiagail's response:
I too have the question about sugarless gum causing cancer. I have oral cancer, and I don't have any of the causes that are listed for it. I chew a lot of sugarless gum, sometimes a pack in one day. I chew three pieces at a time and sometimes fall asleep with it in my mouth. I believe that something in sugarless gum causes cancer.
BarbaraAnnL replied to Shmoopie's response:
I think that Shmoopie is right.

Aspartame is most certainly devastatingly toxic when ingested, but a like amount is immensely worse when obtained from chewing gum.

Read this:
georgiagail replied to BarbaraAnnL's response:
This article, posted back in 2005, has no scientfic basis to back up its claims whatsoever.


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