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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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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My throat has been dry and a bit sore for 2 weeks. Slight blood in the mornings. It started after unprotected, rough oral sex. I'm worried I might have caught an std/throat cancer? It's dry/bit sore.

My throat has been dry and a bit sore for 2 weeks. Slight blood in the mornings. It started after unprotected, rough oral sex. I'm worried I might have caught an std/throat cancer? It's dry/bit sore.

Get tested: If you have had unprotected oral sex, then there is a real possibility of a STD. You should definitely be tested. Don't worry about throat cancer which is extremely unlikely in a woman your age. It is most likely related to the sex, but even very rough oral sex should not cause soreness that lasts for 2 weeks. Get checked, get treatment if needed, feel safe, protect yourself in the future. ...Read more

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Can teenagers get oral or throat cancer?

Can teenagers get oral or throat cancer?

Yes: It is possible for anyone to get anything. This risk of this happning is extremly small, but it is possible. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a teenager to have throat cancer?

Is it possible for a teenager to have throat cancer?

Unlikely but yes: Head and neck malignancies are rare in children and adolescents. Most tend to be benign. Possible malignancies include rhabdomyosarcoma, non-hodgkin's lymphoma, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, ewing's sarcoma. ...Read more

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Can a man get throat cancer by having oral sex with a wo?

Can a man get throat cancer by having oral sex with a wo?

Possible: If you consider transmission of human papilloma virus which studies have linked to cancer. If your partner has hpv, consult with your physician regarding risks.

Smoking, excessive drinking, exposure to asbestos and hpv are all causes of throat cancer. ...Read more

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Is it true you can get oral/throat cancer from too much oral sex?

Is it true you can get oral/throat cancer from too much oral sex?

Not exactly too much: If your partner has hpv (genital warts) there is an increase in your general risk for throat cancer. Things like smoking and alcohol can make this worse. ...Read more

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If you have HPV and ur spouse wants to give oral can they get throat cancer?

If you have HPV and ur spouse wants to give oral can they get throat cancer?

HPV: If you have hpv the overwhelming odds are that your spouse has the virus as well. If you have a strain that is implicated in causing malignancy it is certainly possible that this can occur. Would strongly recommend getting the hpv vaccine. If you want to know whether you have hpv see your gynecologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a 17 yr old male teen get throat cancer? If so what would the prominent symptoms be?

Can a 17 yr old male teen get throat cancer? If so what would the prominent symptoms be?

Possible: Throat cancer in the pediatric age group is possible, but rare. Symptoms might include difficulty or pain with swallowing, a rapidly increasing mass, difficulty speaking, difficulty breathing, drooling, persistent and/or worsening throat pain. ...Read more

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Can a male only get throat cancer from hpv if oral sex was done?

Can a male only get throat cancer from hpv if oral sex was done?

No, not true: Throat cancer due to HPV is on the rise, but still uncommon. Cancer-causing HPV types (mostly HPV16) are common in persons who have performed oral sex frequently, but also common in people with no oral sex. People should not avoid oral sex in order to prevent cancer. Get vaccinated against HPV and then no worries, unless previously exposed. HPV throat cancer occurs mostly age 50 and older. ...Read more

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Can you only get throat cancer hpv from oral sex or could it be from just normal sex?

Can you only get throat cancer hpv from oral sex or could it be from just normal sex?

Oral sex: HPV is transmitted sexually for the most part. The virus tends to locate in the mucosal layer of the foreskin of the penis. For here it is transmitted to the vagina where it can be passed to another male or with oral sex the virus is then relocated to the oral cavity where it can reduce the oral form of HPV squamous Ca. ...Read more

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Is hpv that causes throat cancer only from oral sex or could you get hpv thorat cancer from not oral sex?

Is hpv that causes throat cancer only from oral sex or could you get hpv thorat cancer from not oral sex?

Yes - oral/oral: Epidemiology study showed that open-mouth kissing is also associated with acquired oral HPV infection (Sex Transm Dis. 2012: 39(7):559). The risk increases among smokers or persons with multiple partners. Among all the infections, only small percentage of HPV strains are oncogenic (causing cancers). ...Read more

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What are the odds I have oral or throat cancer?

What are the odds I have oral or throat cancer?

Low: You have not provided much information. Age, use of tobacco and alcohol, oral hygiene, hpv infection, oral plaques or ulcers, any mass or lump? If you do not use tobacco or drink, the risk of oral or throat cancer is very low. ...Read more

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28 yrs old smoked 1/2 to 1 pack a day for 13 yrs quit 5 months ago what is the likelyhood of me developing lung, oral, or throat cancer etc?

Low: I'm very glad you stopped. With fewer than ten pack years, your risk for lung, mouth and throat cancer is well above that of your never-smoking peers, but is still relatively low. Just make sure you never resume this habit, and go through life as if you expect to be healthy and happy -- guessing odds does no good. ...Read more

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How long it takes to get throat cancer?

How long it takes to get throat cancer?

Cancer development: Cancer comes in many different "flavors" that can be variable in the specific time course for development. Most throat cancers require several genetic changes over many years or deca. Once the genetic changes occur, it still takes often years before the cancer reaches a size to be detected. So, behaviors or exposures in younger years (smoking, for example) make the difference in later cancer rate ...Read more

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Can you get throat cancer from singing?

Can you get throat cancer from singing?

No: While chronic vocal injury may rarely contribute the most common cause is smoking. Besides, chronic vocal injury is a result of real abuse of voice and is almost never a result of singing. ...Read more

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If you are a light smoker for a year could u get throat cancer? And also 16 years of age?

If you are a light smoker for a year could u get throat cancer? And also 16 years of age?

No: that would be highly unusual, and pretty close to impossible. However, there are other causes of cancer in any part of the body including the throat. Lymphoma can occur there, and have really nothing to do with smoking or other known risk factors. You don't say why you are concerned, but you need to present those symptoms to your doctor. If it is hoarseness, that is common, and goes away. ...Read more

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If someone had throat cancer would it take a 2months for systems to show up or get worse ?

If someone had throat cancer would it take a 2months for systems to show up or get worse ?

Cancer symptoms: The growth rate for different types of cancer differ widely. Some cancers are believed to be present for years before symptoms appear, while others in sensitive locations appear very early. Rapidly growing tumors in sensitive locations may appear very soon after starting. Most throat cancers are squamous cancers which grow more slowly so many months might pass before sx. ...Read more

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Can oral sex lead to throat cancer?

Can oral sex lead to throat cancer?

Possibly: Hpv, also known as human papilloma virus can cause genital warts. If you give oral sex to a penis that has the hpv infection, it is possible to get oral or throat cancer. Fortunately, saliva can help prevent the transmission of the virus, but saliva is by no means a perfect barrier. You need to be careful. ...Read more

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What oral sex can cause throat cancer?

What oral sex can cause throat cancer?

Papilloma virus: Oral sex with infected individual can cause throat cancer. ...Read more

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Can an eighteen year old get throat cancer?

Can an eighteen year old get throat cancer?

Esophageal cancer: It would be incredibly rare for someone to get throat cancer at 18 yrs. The majority of cases occur in people over 60 yrs old. There are some behaviors that can leave one at higher risk: heavy smoking and heavy alcohol use (shouldn't be a factor in an 18 yr old). Chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease, hpv virus..The list goes on. ...Read more

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How can a 14 year old teen develope throat cancer?

How can a 14 year old teen develope throat cancer?

It's rare.: Throat cancer is very rare in teenagers. The most common age of throat cancer patients is 50-70 years. However, certain risk factors, such as smoking, alcohol use, gastroesophageal reflux, and exposure to chemicals, can promote earlier development. ...Read more

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Is it likely for an 18yr old to get throat cancer?

No, but anyone can: No, but anyone can. If you have sore throat or trouble swallowing that has not inproved in 4 weeks, see an ent. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a 22 year old get throat cancer?

Please tell me, could a 22 year old get throat cancer?

Uncommon, but possib: Throat cancer commonly affects adults but anyone of age bove 20 years can have any of the common cancers. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get throat cancer from smoking?

How long does it take to get throat cancer from smoking?

Years: Smoking can cause many cancers. There is no data to predict how long it will take to cause cancer, like throat cancer. But the longer you smoke, the more chance you will get cancer. So it is better to quit smoking asap. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the odds of a teen developing throat cancer?

Pretty unlikely: Pretty unlikely for a true head and neck cancer. There are some pediatric cancers that can develop in the head and neck, but rare at that age. Would see your pcp or an ENT to have them first evaluate. Many other things can cause weird throat symptoms. ...Read more

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Please can I get some advice? Do I have throat cancer or just anxiety?

Please can I get some advice? Do I have throat cancer or just anxiety?

How could we...: ...Possibly tell? You have not given a single piece of information and none of us here is psychic. If you have any concern, please see your family doctor/ent. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible to get throat cancer from using dip tobacco?

Please explain if it is possible to get throat cancer from using dip tobacco?

I guess it is: .....Possible although you would be more concerned about cancer of the lip or tongue, the areas in direct contact with it. Please, don't do it. It is risky and in my opinion a truly disgusting habit. Even if you don't get cancer, you can damage your teeth and gums, and kill your smile. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a teen getting throat cancer from drinking a lot of soda?

Z E R O: Cancer of throat is associated with smoking (and chewing) tobacco produts, drinking alcohol, and likely human papiloma virus (hpv). While some include oral sex as the source, i've not seen the "how does it get there" data, but I am very impressed that the viral genome is found in the cancer of non-smokers. Hpv+ may convey a better prognosis as well. ...Read more

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Can i get throat cancer from starting smokin n january n quitting three weeks ago ?

Can i get throat cancer from starting smokin n january n quitting three weeks ago ?

Greater picture.: It's doubtful that you'd get throat cancer from smoking cigarettes for a short time. However, my greater concern would be that you continue smoking in the long term, either due to personal choice, peer pressure or even addiction. In that sense, long term smoking could lead to throat and lung cancer. Good that you quit, but please don't start again. Just walk away. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Throat Cancer (Definition)

Cancer of the voice box, the vocal cords, and other parts of the throat, such as the ...Read more