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A 22-year-old male asked:

why is tonsil cancer so rare?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
Tonsil CA increasing: Tonsil cancer is rare : <0.5% of all cancers but occurs mainly in smokers/drinkers. The number of cases worldwide have been increasing, possibly linked to the hpv-16 virus. Most tonsil cancers are (hnscc) -head/neck squamous cell carcinoma but a minority are lymphomas (tonsils are lymphoid tissue) smokers need a thorough oral exam yearly.
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Hematology and Oncology 37 years experience
We don't know: Some cancers are common, and others very rare. We do not always know why.

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