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what causes tonsil cancer?

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Dr. Sanford Archer
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Oral tobacco use: The majority of tonsillar cancers are related to the use of tobacco products, including chewing tobacco. Heavy alcohol use increases the risk in tobacco users. Another form of tonsillar cancer is lymphoma and there are no know preexisting conditions that cause that type of tumor.
Answered on Mar 7, 2013
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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
HPV: Virus exposure to hpv is becoming an increasing cause of tonsillar cancer in younger patients too.
Answered on Jul 16, 2013
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