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what does early tonsil cancer look like

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cynthia Anderson
19 years experience Radiation Oncology
Bulging lump: Usually, it shows up as a lump on the side of the throat in the back. It can be painful or pain less. If the tonsil looks swollen, red, or irregular ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tonsil cancer: Hello, the appearance of cancer in the tonsil usually looks like a ulcer, asymmetric, reddish and often bleeds. This lesion would also be very painf ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Old scar: These adenoids are often scarred up from an infection years ago that they saved you from.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
58 years experience Internal Medicine
Sounds like two: possibilities (either or BOTH)...Bacterial tonsil infection (most common =streptococcal but STAPHYLOCOCCAL infection also common an your description i ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
No: The tonsils are subject to a great deal of inflammation under certaincirdcumstances. Where there are the occassional cases of malignancy developing i ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Unlikely: Cancer is exceedingly unlikely,but an abscess within the tonsil might be, and could cause all the symptoms. I would arrange an office visit to see wha ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Variable: Anything from a red, pink or white patch that stands out, to a usually-painless ulcer that persists for more than two weeks to a cauliflower-like bump ... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
Spots: A white, red or dark spot that does not heal in a couple of weeks is suspicious of oral cancer and should be checked. There may not be any pain associ ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
Ulcers, hoarseness.: Oral cavity cancers present as nonhealing ulcers that can be painful. Hoarseness may be an early sign of laryngeal cancer.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Lesion won't heal: A lesion that won't heal is not a guarantee that you have carcinoma, but it should be evaluated nonetheless. Many oral cancers are not painful, so you ... Read More
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