A 22-year-old male asked:
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how common is tonsil cancer in my 20s?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
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.
Answered on Dec 18, 2018
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Agree with Dr. B: Another scenario of tonsil cancer is one caused by Epstein Barr virus, mostly in eastern countries. Have a healthy diet, exercise, drink plenty of water, have safe sex, and get HPV vaccine. Wish you good health! Nutrition: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/.
Answered on Mar 12, 2020

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