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How long does it take to get throat cancer

A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Variable time: Each person has different susceptibility to cancer and the time from exposure to tobacco to cancer is extremely variable. However, if you use tobacco ... Read More
Dr. Xin-Nong Li
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Years: Smoking can cause many cancers. There is no data to predict how long it will take to cause cancer, like throat cancer. But the longer you smoke, the ... Read More
Dr. Herbert Hoover
General Practice 51 years experience
Usually several year: The relation between smoking and throat cancer is not as well defined as that for lung cancer and smoking. With that said, there is a definite causal... Read More

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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lewis Hassell
Pathology 39 years experience
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
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lewis Hassell
Pathology 39 years experience
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
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Lightfoot
Pathology 58 years experience
See below: In the throat there should be a red pathc or white patch if there is an early cancer. On another query taking your cervix out will prevent cervical c... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
You are allowing: normal concerns about your health (and your fears of illness) OVERWHELM your every day thinking (and your common sense) Suggest you FIRST have a compl... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Smolders: The initial changes that lead to cancer begin years, maybe decades, before it appears, as evidenced by the fact that the longer a person has smoked, t... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ken Levin
Radiology 44 years experience
A while: In most cases it takes a while for cancer to grow to the point of obstruction. It may be perceved as rapid, if the patient is unaware of the cancer.
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chad Levitt
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Not that long: Development of cancer takes a long time but u r asking about progression. Head and neck cancers r usually fast growing tumors that untreated wouldn't... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sapozink
Radiation Oncology 44 years experience
Unknown: Hpv is associated with throat cancer, but other factors (smoking, drinking alcohol)may be more important in carcinogenesis if they are present.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Upendra Parvathaneni
Radiation Oncology 28 years experience
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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