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Help please! is cancer of the tonsils very common?

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Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tonsil cancer: More common in heavy alcohol drinkers and smokers. Becoming more common with HPV 16 disease. Squamous cell carcinoma most common, some lymphomas

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Mount Olive, NC
A 22-year-old male asked:

How common is tonsil cancer in my 20s?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Really rare: Tonsil cancer mostly is from chronic exposure to smoke and alcohol. In the 20's the length of exposure is too short for this to develop. (a good time to consider stopping these if you are at risk.) tonsils can be a site for metastatic tumors, and lymphoid system tumors - also very uncommon. If you have a growth, see your otolaryngologist for diagnosis.

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