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Is tonsillar cancer common?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
No: Cancers arising in the tonsil may be from the epithelium or from the lymphoid tissue. A particular form of cancer, nasopharyngeal carcinoma is common in the far east and is due to epstein barr virus infection. Other cancers of the tonsil are uncommon.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Not very common: About 35, 000 people will get oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer in 2012. Tonsillar cancer occur in about 15% to 20%. The trend goes up as the incidence of hpv infection goes up. Main risk factors will include tobacco ( smoking/chewing) , etoh, hpv infection etc. ( american cancer society 2012).
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Perhaps: The firs or second most common oropharyngeal cancer. Now associated not only with smoking and alcohol, but also with human papilloma virus types 16, 18 in non-smoker drinkers. Can be managed with surgery, more commonly with chemo-radiotherapy today.

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