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A 18-year-old male asked:

I noticed a small lump in the back of my throat right behind my tonsil that causes pain when i swallow. the limp is a light orange red color. cancer?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 19 years experience
Very unlikely: Go see your doctor for an exam. Tonsil cancers are generally painless, often difficult to see by eye, and begin appearing usually in the 30s in non-smokers.
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Dr. Brian Lawenda
Radiation Oncology 26 years experience
Most likely benign: Although cancer is possible, it would be very rare in your age group. This is most likely inflammation from a recent upper respiratory infection or allergy. Nevertheless, if this does not resolve in a few days, ask your doctor to look at it.
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Last updated Feb 9, 2020

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