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What are the realistic chance of a 22 year old to get throat cancer? i have this minor ache in my throat only noticeable when i swallow hard

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Dr. Budi Bahureksa answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Possible: Check it out anyway with your family doctor and perhaps with ENT (ear nose and throat) specialist as well -- do you smoke?

Answered 11/13/2017

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Dr. Eric Wang answered

Extremely rare: ...But anything is possible. No need to worry, but get checked out by a doctor if it doesn't go away. There are other possible causes which might be able to be taken care of.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Unlikely, but...: Throat cancer is rare in young people, but there are unusual head-and-neck tumors that affect young people. More likely causes are tonsil irritation or mono, gerd, post-nasal drip. Get checked by your doc so you can eliminate the fear of the unknown. And if you are afraid of cancer, do not smoke or use tobacco products.

Answered 6/24/2018

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