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how long does throat cancer take to develop

A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chad Levitt
21 years experience Radiation Oncology
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
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A 30-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 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
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
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Moon
29 years experience Radiation Oncology
Depends...: ...On the stage of the cancer and the general health of the patient. Many early stage throat cancers can be cured.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ken Levin
Dr. Ken Levin answered
43 years experience Radiology
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 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
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
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sapozink
43 years experience Radiation Oncology
Unknown: Hpv is associated with throat cancer, but other factors (smoking, drinking alcohol)may be more important in carcinogenesis if they are present.
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
No impact: Acid reflux has minimal effect in causing Cancer...that too only in the lower Esophagus area, not in the throat area.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
GERD: This has the potential to create a Barrett's esophagus, which is a precancerous condition. You can treat the GERD with H2 blockers, but best to see a ... Read More
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Akua Agyeman
22 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Throat ca survivor: That is a question best directed to your oncologist or surgeon. Speak to other survivors to see what they have experienced. The pain and discomfort ... Read More

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