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A 45-year-old member asked:

Can you get throat cancer from singing?

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Dr. Upendra Parvathaneni
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
No: While chronic vocal injury may rarely contribute the most common cause is smoking. Besides, chronic vocal injury is a result of real abuse of voice and is almost never a result of singing.

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A 25-year-old male asked:

How long it takes to get throat cancer?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lewis Hassell
Pathology 40 years experience
Cancer development: Cancer comes in many different "flavors" that can be variable in the specific time course for development. Most throat cancers require several genetic changes over many years or deca. Once the genetic changes occur, it still takes often years before the cancer reaches a size to be detected. So, behaviors or exposures in younger years (smoking, for example) make the difference in later cancer rate
A 40-year-old male asked:

How long would you have throat cancer before you start getting symptoms?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Depends on the site: Cancer affecting the vocal cords will cause hoarseness fairly early. Cancer in the upper part of the larynx may remain asymtomatic till it has spread to the lymphnodes. There are variations in the time and type of symptoms of throat cancer depending on the location. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/oral-and-throat-cancer/ds00349.
United Kingdom
A 50-year-old female asked:

What risk of getting throat cancer after having it a year ago?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
That is something: we can't answer with available information. Your surgeon/ physician should know the specific type of cancer you had, how much spread there was, if all cancer was removed, etc. Those individuals should be able to provide a better estimate when looking at all of the variables. Take care.
Washington, DC
A 18-year-old male asked:

Can an eighteen year old get throat cancer?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Saif Fatteh
Pediatric Dermatology 11 years experience
Yes: There are many different types of cancers and they can affect different parts of your body. An 18yo can get a throat cancer and many other cancers. Smokers and tobacco users increase their chances of a throat cancer but you can get cancers without being a smoker or tobacco user as well.
A 22-year-old male asked:

How long does it take to get throat cancer from smoking?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Variable time: Each person has different susceptibility to cancer and the time from exposure to tobacco to cancer is extremely variable. However, if you use tobacco in any form, quit while you are ahead. In a susceptible person even second hand smoke can cause cancer.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
The longer you smoke, the harder quitting will eventually be.
Apr 7, 2013

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