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What are the realistic chance of a 22 year old to get throat cancer i have this minor ache in my throat only noticeable when i swallow hard

A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Budi Bahureksa
Cardiology 31 years experience
Possible: Check it out anyway with your family doctor and perhaps with ENT (ear nose and throat) specialist as well -- do you smoke?
Dr. Eric Wang
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Extremely rare: ...But anything is possible. No need to worry, but get checked out by a doctor if it doesn't go away. There are other possible causes which might be ... Read More
Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology 16 years experience
Unlikely, but...: Throat cancer is rare in young people, but there are unusual head-and-neck tumors that affect young people. More likely causes are tonsil irritation o... Read More

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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Josa
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Unlikely but check: Never say never but at your age with no history of smoking or drinking it is very unlikely. People from Southeast Asia are another group at higher ri... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Uncommon: But must your see your doctor, to find what is cause of your problem . Most likely you have throat infection , cancer at 27 is rare . At your age, ly... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
No: Cancer of the throat, that is squamous cancer arises thru a process of premalignant changes. This is ususally seen as Leukoplakia or a white patch. ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Throat: Your question can only be answered by having an examination. See your doctor or an ENT for an exam asap.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Phelgm in throat: You are young for throat cancer unless you chewed a lot of betel nuts. More likely you have sinusitis, allergies with phelgm could try Zyrtec (cetiri... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Hammer
Infectious Disease 33 years experience
Not likely : These symptoms are more indicative of infection (either viral or bacterial). Cancers can lead to a secondary infection though, and if they don't full... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
General Practice 51 years experience
Nope.: Tonsillitis. Antibioitic if strep throat. May need tonsillectomy. See an ent doctor.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No: You're an adult now, and have a right to accurate information. Cancer usually announces itself as a painless mass, which is why it's so treacherous. I... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Dr. can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other ... Read More

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