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What does cancer of the tonsils look like?

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Dr. Franklyn Gergits
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Tonsil cancer: Hello, the appearance of cancer in the tonsil usually looks like a ulcer, asymmetric, reddish and often bleeds. This lesion would also be very painful. However, tonsil cancer may be present and the tonsil may look completely normal. So a normal appearing tonsil does not guarantee cancer isn't present. See your ENT doctor for a complete evaluation.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What are tonsils suppose to look like?

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Dr. David Martin
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Tonsils: In children the tonsils are smooth and round, but as people age, they become irregular with a surface that resembles the surface of the moon (craters).
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What does tonsil cancer look like?

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Dr. Cynthia Anderson
Radiation Oncology 20 years experience
Bulging lump: Usually, it shows up as a lump on the side of the throat in the back. It can be painful or pain less. If the tonsil looks swollen, red, or irregular shaped, then it needs to be biopsied. Also, it can show up as swollen lymph nodes on the side of the neck as well.
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What do non cancerous growths of the tonsils look like?

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Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Tonsil growth: There are several types of tonsil growths that are not cancers. Each can be different. One of the most common is a mucocele. This has a very smooth ball-like appearance that is yellow or tan in color. Other tonsil growths will simply look like the tonsil is simply bigger. Cancerous growths of the tonsils will look like it has multiple heads or a crater or ulcer with an "angry" appearance.

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