U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Maryville, TN
A 19-year-old male asked:

My breath smells weird. almost like when a person has their tonsils removed. is this in any way a sign of brain tumor or cancer?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 42 years experience
Absolutely Not: The vehicle you are driving, commonly called a body, is fantastically complex engineering and most of what is going on inside quite hidden. While there are complex relationships between internal processes & outward appearances, odors, etc, what is near the surface is mostly a result of what is on the surface. The odor of our breath is a function of what’s in the saliva & bacteria living there.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Peter Selz
Dr. Peter Selz commented
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Great answer
Dec 6, 2012
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Self-exam: The most common cause of bad breath is a need to work on your oral hygiene. Brush, floss, floss again, run the floss across your tongue, look at the back of your throat to see if there are white chunks in your tonsils (huge ones can smell horrible & stay around) or a mass or ulcer that might really be a necrotic cancer (doubt it). Not a brain tumor. Next get with your dentist, good luck.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated May 9, 2017


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.