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can you get throat cancer if you dont smoke

A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Stop it, buddy: Those things are irritating your throat. You're flirting with the roughest addiction in all of medicine, and the one most likely to kill you. Don't be ... Read More

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Leem
Dr. Ted Leem answered
16 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
It is a risk factor: Second hand smoke is thought to be a risk factor for head and neck cancer but not nearly as much as smoking first hand.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
This is risky: I am glad you are waiting for real love. Please stop the hookah stuff. It is flirting with a very dangerous addiction. A Chronic cough needs to be eva ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Upendra Parvathaneni
27 years experience Radiation Oncology
No: While chronic vocal injury may rarely contribute the most common cause is smoking. Besides, chronic vocal injury is a result of real abuse of voice an ... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Fuehrer
9 years experience Emergency Medicine
Yes, but unlikely: It is entirely possible, especially if that person engages in unprotected oral sex with someone with hpv. Symptoms would be along the lines of diffic ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Little: At your age , with your good habits , you have very little cancer of getting oral cancer , don't worry.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lewis Hassell
38 years experience Pathology
Cancer development: Cancer comes in many different "flavors" that can be variable in the specific time course for development. Most throat cancers require several genetic ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
Possibly, not likely: This kind of cancer usually presnts after age 50. But tobacco use (also smokeless) and alcohol use are risk factors, so if a teenager does a lot of t ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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No: that would be highly unusual, and pretty close to impossible. However, there are other causes of cancer in any part of the body including the throat. ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lewis Hassell
38 years experience Pathology
Cancer symptoms: The growth rate for different types of cancer differ widely. Some cancers are believed to be present for years before symptoms appear, while others in ... Read More
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