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A 20-year-old male asked:

20yr old smoke occasionally. tonsils are swollen pain when swallow on right side also lymph node sort of swollen. is the cancer?

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Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 31 years experience
Sore throat=CA?: Smoking and drinking do increase the chance of developing throat/tonsil CA. HPV can also be linked with CA in this area. Usually it would occur at a later age, 20 is very young. The most common cause would be sinus drainage or a viral infection. If it hasn't gotten better in two weeks see your doctor
Dr. Venkata Vallury
Pediatrics 43 years experience
Glands: go see your primary care to rule out Strep infection if negative he can test you for other causes

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Last updated Jan 13, 2015

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