A 41-year-old member asked:
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is throat cancer contagious?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: Some throat cancers are linked to HPV but unlike cancer of the cervix, the relationship is soft and nobody's recommending condoms for people who kiss. Most throat cancers have more to do with tobacco and to a lesser extent alcohol; the rare throat cancers are mostly related to nothing. Especially, don't avoid a person with throat cancer as a risk to you -- they're not.
Answered on Dec 9, 2019
Dr. William Culviner
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Throat cancer: No, throat cancer is not contagious. It is not an infectious condition.
Answered on Dec 30, 2016

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HPV infection is: Quite common, but development of cancer is quite rare. These cancers are more frequent in older pateints, but can occur in the 20's.
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No: I don't see how it could, other than the person doing the swab noticing something suspicious during the procedure.

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