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Can You Get Throat Cancer If You Don't Smoke
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 of 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
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
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
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
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
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 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
Needs attention: First you should stop smoking especially you know that it causes cancer. Any swollen lymph gland (if it is is a) concern, needs exam by your doctor if it I due to throat infection will treat you with antibiotics and local care other wise will refer you to ENT specialist for endoscopic examination. ...Read more
Other than tobacco-smoking, hpv (human papilloma virus) is increasingly the cause of throat cancer.
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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...: ...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: .....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
I'm worried about cancer. Specifically throat cancer. I don't smoke and doc says throat looks find but cough sometimes and chronic clear throat?
Not cancer: Other than for malignant tumors of minor salivary glands within oral cavity, almost all malignancies are squamous cell in origin. Cough is not one of the complaints. Rather it is an ulcerating lesion that does not heal and may bleed with eventual spread to cervical nodes. Most cancers are from combo smoking and drinking however oral exposure to HPV may induce development of a malignant lesion. ...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
Smoking yes: Singing isn't the problem. Smoking is. If you want to significantly increase your chances of getting all types of cancer keep smoking. Every time you light up you are risking your life. Not only cancer, but heart disease and stroke. And if that were not enough it makes you look prematurely old messing up your skin. I know its hard to do, but, your life does depend on it. ...Read more
I have same symptoms in tonsillitis and Throat cancer I'm 20 and smoke occasionally scared its cancer?
Quit smoking: If you smoke you will be taking a risk for developing throat Cancer. If you have scare/fear of Cancer then you have to adopt a healthy lifestyle which means eat healthy and avoid dangerous chemicals like tobacco and alcohol use. Sore throat from tonsillitis will settle down by itself in 1-2 weeks. ...Read more
I'm 16 and I smoke 1 cigarette a day. I feel discomfort in my throat, I've been smoking for 2 years but not regularly. Can I have a throat cancer?
Yes you can get: In future besides throat, lung and other malignancies. You are only 16 smoking at the age of 14, you know it is bad for you, hope you will stop, kick this bad habit and have healthy happy life. ...Read more
Likely not: The most common presenting symptoms of throat cancer are a painless neck mass (from cancer spreading to a lymph node), ear pain, and difficult or painful swallowing. While throat cancer can occasionally occur in patients as young as 34, it tends to be linked to the HPV virus in that group. That being said, the HPV virus is carried by much of the population and smoking is also a major risk too. ...Read more
I'm 18 and smoke 6 cigs a day. I'm quitting so I'm currently at 1 a day. There's a lump in my throat and it's sore. Is this throat cancer? Or something else?
Probably not Ca: Ca of the throat has been associated with oral and throat Ca. The association with high alcohol intake is almost a must so that at your age and with the few cigs. Smoked Ca is unlikely. More likely enlarged pharyngeal node present. Oral exam and possible endoscopy needed unless over short time lesion resolves. If symptoms worsen, exam and possible bx needed. ...Read more
No: You're living in an ocean of carcinogens -- there's stuff in lemons and pepper that would be banned if they were artificial chemicals. Cancer is multistage process of molecular events. You'll never prove, and have little reason to believe, that a particular one-time exposure -- even if quite rough -- had anything to do with a particular cancer. ...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
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