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how long it takes to get throat cancer?

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Dr. Lewis Hassell
38 years experience Pathology
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
Answered on Mar 24, 2020
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