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A 41-year-old female asked:

Hello - i have a large left tonsil, mild soreness & mild ear pain for over 3 months. i had a head & neck mri 5 months ago all fine then. dentist said yesterday tonsil looked ok but was large and to see my doctor, now im worried it could be cancer?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 55 years experience
Cancer: Cancer risk extremely small. However hypertrophy of tonsil can cause spacial relations problems, such as partial airway obstruction. Cause of enlargement may be infection, which would require treatment. I would go one step further than your Dentist in recommending that you consult with a throat specialist, an ENT.
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