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A 16-year-old female asked:

16, never smoked/drank alcohol. lately i had sore throat, a lump in throat, ear itchiness, hoarse voice. i am a classical singer. is it throat cancer?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Not throat cancer: Cancer won't announce itself like this, especially at your age. It's a relatively slow-growing ulcer or mass that is cruelly subtle in its initial presentation. Being a singer, you're already protecting yourself from most forms of throat cancer by not smoking. Best wishes.
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Dr. Victor Bonuel
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Likely not.: Cancer is not common among young people. You have laryngiti, possible vocal cord nodule, thyroid enlargement/ goiter etc.See your pcp or ENT for further work up. Take care!
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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 29 years experience
Seasonal Illness: No. You do not have cancer. Not in any way would cancer even be a possibility given your age, the acuteness of your illness and the season. You are infected with a virus or bacteria. Given your description of the symptoms i would think this is bacterial and want to see you in my office to confirm and then to get you on treatment. You do not have cancer.
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Last updated Mar 12, 2020

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