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Can You Get Throat Cancer At A Young 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
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
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
Why is there a cough with throat cancer? Is it possible to get throat cancer at 25. I smoked hookah a lot for a year. I have never had sex so no hpv.
This is risky: I am glad you are waiting for real love. Please stop the hookah stuff. It is flirting with a very dangerous addiction. A Chronic cough needs to be evaluated by a physician. Throat cancer is unlikely but there is a lot else to worry about. You are fortunate to live in a free country. Don't let tobacco enslave you. ...Read more
Cancer development: Cancer comes in many "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
Not likely: It's not impossible, but highly unlikely. There are few juvenile cancers that affect the throat but get checked out by a throat specialist if there are persistent concerns. ...Read more
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
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
Uncommon, but possib: Throat cancer commonly affects adults but anyone of age bove 20 years can have any of the common cancers. ...Read more
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
How could we...: 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
I guess it is: 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
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
What are the chances of getting throat cancer at 17? And what's the most common cancer to effect this age
Throat cancer usually occurs in much older people, often because of longstanding smoking, alcohol use, and, at times, chronic infection with the hpv virus.
Although people your age do not frequently develop cancer, the most common types are leukemia and lymphoma (such as hodgkin's disease), bone cancers, some brain cancers, testicular cancers, and skin cancer (melanoma). ...Read more
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
I am 21 and nearly i have smoked 200 cigarettes since last 2 years I am having pain in my throat from the last time I smoke can I get throat cancer?
Stop it, buddy: Those things are irritating your throat. You're flirting with the roughest addiction in all medicine, and the one most likely to kill you. Don't be stupid. Throw those things away now. You haven't given yourself cancer yet -- but play chicken with cancer for a few more years, and you very well might. ...Read more
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
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
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
What is most common cause of hoarseness in someone my age? How likely is throat cancer the cause?
Infection and other: Throat infection and other irritation i.e. Smoking, reflux disease- are the most common causes of hoarseness for someone in your age. Although, oral cancer is more and more commonly found at younger age- 30s- but it is still not very common at your age compared to the infection and other irritation. ...Read more
I'm an 18-year-old male and I've been smoking about 4 cigarettes a day for 2 months, if I quit now will I get throat cancer?
If you quit now...: If you quit now the chances of you getting a bunch of nasty diseases (of which throat cancer is one) go way, way down. ...Read more
Can I get advice? I've got a lump in the back of my throat and now I think that I have throat cancer. Is it possible for me to have cancer?
Yes: But you can't be sure until you get an evaluation by an ent. Go asap. ...Read more
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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