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what are the chances of a teen getting throat cancer from drinking a lot of soda?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Slim to none.: Throat cancer comes from alcohol and tobacco use, including smokeless. A teenager can get throat cancer/mouth cancer from those if he/she uses a lot and is especially susceptable.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Z E R O: Cancer of throat is associated with smoking (and chewing) tobacco produts, drinking alcohol, and likely human papiloma virus (hpv). While some include oral sex as the source, i've not seen the "how does it get there" data, but I am very impressed that the viral genome is found in the cancer of non-smokers. Hpv+ may convey a better prognosis as well.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Doctors, what are the odds of a teen developing throat cancer?

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Dr. Jon Strasser
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Pretty unlikely: Pretty unlikely for a true head and neck cancer. There are some pediatric cancers that can develop in the head and neck, but rare at that age. Would see your pcp or an ENT to have them first evaluate. Many other things can cause weird throat symptoms.

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