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A 21-year-old male asked:

I have a lump in my throat for two months doctors say it's a result of my gerd and i'm worried that it's throat cancer because i was a smoker for abou?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
A Verified Doctoranswered
Addiction Medicine 51 years experience
Highly unlikely: I assume that the doctor(s) you saw examined your mouth and throat. In any case, smoking-related cancers generally take 20+ pack-years of smoking to develop, and in most patients, much longer than that (but concurrent HEAVY alcohol use increases the risks). If you want to be 100% certain, see an ENT specialist who can use equipment to more fully visualize all of your throat. Congrats on stopping.
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