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How many teens are aware that oral sex can cause throat cancer?

How many teens are aware that oral sex can cause throat cancer?

Obviously Not enough: This topic should be covered as part of sexual education for teenagers. I am treating now a very young patient with hpv+ tonsillar cancer. The incidence of hpv+ head and neck cancer continues to increase and this is not something that can be underestimated. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What are typical symptoms of throat cancer caused by Acid Reflux?

What are typical symptoms of throat cancer caused by Acid Reflux?

See below: Acid reflux is not a known cause of throat cancer. To learn about symptoms of throat cancer, please consult this site: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/oral-and-throat-cancer/basics/symptoms/CON-20042850 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Could acid reflux disease causes throat cancer?

Could acid reflux disease causes throat cancer?

Not likely: Acid reflux is not like to cause 'throat' cancer - which i would define as oropharynx. However, persistent acid reflux is clearly associated with a condition called barret's esophagus and the potential for development of esogphagela cancer (though i would consider that 'throat.' if you ahve a history of acid refulx, talk wtih your pcp about the need to see a GI doc. ...Read more

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I've severe acid reflux can it cause 1 lingual tonsil more enlarged than other had previous thyroid cancer scared of throat cancer or base if tongue?

I've severe acid reflux can it cause 1 lingual tonsil more enlarged than other had previous thyroid cancer scared of throat cancer or base if tongue?

GERD: Severe reflux can result in the development of barrett's esophagus; which has an increased incidence of developing esophageal cancer. Upper endoscopy is a simple method for evaluating any esophageal disease. If your problem is severe, you should be on some form of acid blockade such as omeprazole. You may even benefit from some type of antireflux surgery. ...Read more

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I have chronic acid reflux. For the past year i've kept it under control. I still worry about getting throat cancer! any super foods I should b eating?

I have chronic acid reflux. For the past year i've kept it under control. I still worry about getting throat cancer! any super foods I should b eating?

Esophageal cancer: Throat and esophageal cancer are separate entities. While chronic reflux is a risk factor for esophageal cancer, it has never been proven that acid suppression prevents esophageal cancer. No protective foods are known. ...Read more

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Acid reflux causing throat cancer? I’ve had acid reflux for a little over a year. So far nothing is really working to stop it. How much does this raise my risk of getting throat cancer?

Acid reflux causing throat cancer? I’ve had acid reflux for a little over a year. So far nothing is really working to stop it. How much does this raise my risk of getting throat cancer?

Barrett's : Acid reflux untreated can lead to cell changes at the end of your esophagus. This can become a pre-cancerous condition called barrett's. This changed area has a much higher risk for esophageal cancer. To get to this point- acid reflux has to have become a chronic condition that is untreated for many years. See your physician to adjust your meds to improve your reflux. ...Read more

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I had a total Esophagectomy 4 years ago due to acid reflux. I still have acid reflux to this day even worse .Can i get throat cancer from the reflux ?

I had a total Esophagectomy 4 years ago due to acid reflux. I still have acid reflux to this day even worse .Can i get throat cancer from the reflux ?

Very unlikely: If the entire esophagus was removed, the chances of getting Barretts esophagus from the continued reflux is very unlikely. Having said that, if you are still having symptoms, it bears periodic evaluation to see how severe the inflammation is. You also should be treating the reflux to keep the symptoms under control. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have very bad acid reflux and I have for years. And i can not tell if some of the symptoms i'm having recently is throat cancer or gerd..

I have very bad acid reflux and I have for years. And i can not tell if some of the symptoms i'm having recently is throat cancer or gerd..

GERD or Throat Cance: Need more specific details. If your voice has become "hoarse, " this might point more to a throat problem. Unexplained weight loss would be another worrisome feature. If you have any doubts, consult an ENT specialist to completely evaluate the throat. ...Read more

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Throat cancer at age 20? I can feel a very tiny bump with my tongue on the right side near the uvula i also have acid reflux

Tongue papilla?: Everybody has a bunch of circumvallate papillae on the back of the tongue. Occasionally one is big. A cancer is obviously abnormal before it becomes really dangerous. For acid reflux, try getting really physically fit and elevating the head of your bed on cinder blocks. ...Read more

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I'm worried I have throat cancer. I get acid reflux a lot and im only 18. Pleasr advise what to do. I go to my gp too often i fear?

I'm worried I have throat cancer. I get acid reflux a lot and im only 18. Pleasr advise what to do. I go to my gp too often i fear?

Talk to your doctor: Throat cancer is very rare in 18 year olds and acid reflux is not a common symptom of throat cancer. There are many much more common causes of reflux. One should always see his or her doctor if there are worries like these and to help relieve the reflux symptoms. ...Read more

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Had a stage 1a/grade 1 mucinous ovarian tumor 4/2013. Heart burn & acid reflux exp with raw throat felt. Family history of GERD + nasal pharynx cancer?

Had a stage 1a/grade 1 mucinous ovarian tumor 4/2013. Heart burn & acid reflux exp with raw throat felt. Family history of GERD + nasal pharynx cancer?

GERD and ovarian ca: This time of year sore throat is pretty std fair. Reflux with heart burn is extremely common...try taking an otc antacid for two weeks . If this doesn't help or change your symptoms call your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having throat or esophagal cancer by the age of 25? About 4.5 pack years. Had acid reflux but take prilosec now and its fine

What are the chances of having throat or esophagal cancer by the age of 25? About 4.5 pack years. Had acid reflux but take prilosec now and its fine

Low risk at your age: Your risk of esophageal cancer is low at your age. I hope you are now an ex-smoker. However, if you have H. pylori infection as a cause of your reflux, you remain at risk for esophageal Ca. Take Mastic Gum (from a health food store) for your H. pylori and reflux. 1000 mg/day kills 99% of H. pylori in two weeks. ...Read more

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I have acid reflux and I recently got strep throat but the doctor never identified why I have a lump on my neck .. Oral cancers??

I have acid reflux and I recently got strep throat but the doctor never identified why I have a lump on my neck .. Oral cancers??

Relax-lymph nodes: The more common lymph nodes effected by strep are often called "tonsillar nodes", because they often swell during a throat/tonsil infection.I would look at this as a normal event rather than a scary one. If you are really worried, go back and ask. ...Read more

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Is this esophageal cancer? 21 years old. Black tarry stools, bad acid reflux, discomfort in chest and throat area

Is this esophageal cancer? 21 years old. Black tarry stools, bad acid reflux, discomfort in chest and throat area

Please see your: doctor as soon as possible. This is probably not esophageal cancer at your age, but black tarry stools can signify bleeding in the intestinal tract. With acid reflux symptoms and the stools, you need to rule out an ulcer that is bleeding. If you don't have your own doctor to see today, please go to the emergency room. ...Read more

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Could HPV cause throat cancer?

Could HPV cause throat cancer?

Yes: The germ that can trigger cervical cancer,hpv, can be shared between sex partners.In males it can cause penile,anal and esophageal cancer, all of which take years to develop.The male may also carry the hpv and never have any problem with it, and never know they have it. ...Read more

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How common is HPV the cause of throat cancer?

How common is HPV the cause of throat cancer?

Not common.: This is probably a rare cause. The most common causes are tobacco use (including smokeless) and alcohol use. ...Read more

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Is it true that throat cancer can be caused by hpv?

Is it true that throat cancer can be caused by hpv?

YES: Hpv type 16 is the one responsible for throat cancer. It is believe that it is due to oral sex. The good news is that cancers caused by this virus tend to respond better to treatment and are associated with better prognosis. It is standard practice now to evaluate all head/neck cancers for the presence of hpv 16. ...Read more

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Does oral sex cause throat cancer? How to avoid that?

Does oral sex cause throat cancer? How to avoid that?

In a word... yes: Oral sex can lead to throat cancer, does this by infection with HPV (Human papillomavirus). There are only a couple of strains that do this, however, and it is fairly rare. Best way to protect against it is not to have oral sex with multiple partners - this increases your risk of coming into contact with the "right" strain and causing throat cancer. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Reflux (Definition)

Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more