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A 22-year-old male asked:

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

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Budi Bahureksa
Cardiology 31 years experience
Possible: Check it out anyway with your family doctor and perhaps with ENT (ear nose and throat) specialist as well -- do you smoke?
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho commented
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Although it is possible, luckily , it is not very common. please see your doctor to rule out other more common things like a gastroesophageal reflux disease ( GERD), inflammation on the throat etc.
Feb 21, 2012
Dr. Eric Wang
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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.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology 16 years experience
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.

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