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Could scar tissue in throat turn into cancer since I am a smoker? I have had an upper GI and I was diagnosed with GERD and h. Pylori. There is scar tissure in my throat, which causes me to have a very hard time swallowing food, liquid, saliva. Could smoki

Could scar tissue in throat turn into cancer since I am a smoker? I have had an upper GI and I was diagnosed with GERD and h. Pylori. There is scar tissure in my throat, which causes me to have a very hard time swallowing food, liquid, saliva. Could smoki

Yes: To put in bluntly, you are a prime candidate to get throat cancer. A constant irritation to your throat from stomach acid combined with smoking can transform that irritated tissue into cancer cells. The answer is quite simple: stop smoking, change to a healthy lifestyle, exercise, lose weight if you are overweight, see your doctor regularly. ...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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For many yrs used face wash that had triclosan in it. Am I at more risk of nasal/throat cancer? Sometimes got in mouth and in nose from washing face.

For many yrs used face wash that had triclosan in it. Am I at more risk of nasal/throat cancer? Sometimes got in mouth and in nose from washing face.

Stop worrying: Trislosan is a widely-used, apparently harmless chemical that degrades after being discarded into a form of dioxan that is not one of the forms that has toxicity or is supposed to be linked to cancer. Any chemical can be "shown to be harmful for this-and-that" if used in artificial conditions in labs. I am sorry that anyone troubled you over this. ...Read more

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I'm 18, I felt my tongue feels like there is a little lump inside of it. Doesn't hurt and it moves. I have a sore throat too. Badly. Cancer??

I'm 18, I felt my tongue feels like there is a little lump inside of it. Doesn't hurt and it moves. I have a sore throat too. Badly. Cancer??

Need to examine: It is very unlikely that you have cancer, however, it is not feasible to say what the lesion is without examining you in-person. It would be prudent to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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My brother-in-law 63 had radical throat cancer surgery 7 years ago. The radiation has damaged his esophagus to the point he nee ds a feeding tube in his stomach. No saliva, constant water but this and food goes into his lungs causing pneumonia regularly

My brother-in-law 63 had radical throat cancer surgery 7 years ago. The radiation has damaged his esophagus to the point he nee ds a feeding tube in his stomach. No saliva, constant water but this and food goes into his lungs causing pneumonia regularly

See Below: If he has a feeding tube and does not eat or swallow anything by mouth, he may have regurgitation of stomach contents into the esophagus/throat area that are then being aspirated into the lungs.
Consult with a physician about this matter. They may need to move the tube to the small intestine instead of the stomach to prevent this from happening. ...Read more

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Could throat cancer give you an awful taste in mouth?

Could throat cancer give you an awful taste in mouth?

Possibly: If you have a tumor in the throat/mouth, it could create an awful taste or odor. If this is a new symptom, best to have it checked out. ...Read more

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What is the cause of feeling like something is caught in your throat with mouth cancer?

What is the cause of feeling like something is caught in your throat with mouth cancer?

Throat problem: Mouth cancer is a condition need confirmed diagnosis by your physician or dentist, and
there are many condition will have symptoms of congested nose, headache and obstructed throat, eg. Cold or flu. If there is combined high fever, please check with your physician immediately. ...Read more

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I have two lumps in my mouth and I think its cancer because im a hypo. Now. I feel like theirs something in my throat! I'm scared! I'm 16 too!

I have two lumps in my mouth and I think its cancer because im a hypo. Now. I feel like theirs something in my throat! I'm scared! I'm 16 too!

Go see your doctor: It's very unlikely to be cancer but since you won't believe me because I haven't examined you, go see your family doctor who can examine you & allay your fears. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting throat or mouth cancer? Anal cancer? I am not being monitored for these. Should I be?

What are the chances of getting throat or mouth cancer? Anal cancer? I am not being monitored for these. Should I be?

Mouth/throat cancer: As breast cancer and prostate cancer can be screened by mammogramme and Blood PSA level respectively, there is no screening test for mouth, throat or anal cancer. However; examination and some questions in general physical work up can be suggestive of additional tests to rule out these cancers. If, you are concerned please see your doctor for physical check up. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have throat or mouth cancer?

Pain: Likely pain. Pain that lasts more than a week or so. If you can visualize the area, you may see an ulcer. If you palpate, you may feel a lump or hard area.
If you are concerned, see an ENT doc asap. ...Read more

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So worried that it's throat or mouth cancer. What are symptoms of throat or mouth cancer?

So worried that it's throat or mouth cancer. What are symptoms of throat or mouth cancer?

None: Until the cancer becomes late stage, there are very few if any symptoms of oral cancer. Most cancers are found first by a dentist upon routine examination by the visual changes of the tissue. Newer fluorescent technologies have come out to find oral cancer earlier, ask your dentist about them. Velscope and vizilite are two examples.
If the tissue looks abnormal, a biopsy is the only diagnostic. ...Read more

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Throat cancer a cause for painful sores in mouth?

Throat cancer a cause for painful sores in mouth?

It can be,: But don't think you have throat cancer because you have oral ulcers. The most common ulcers are benign. If you are concerned, see your dentist. ...Read more

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What are the most telling signs of throat/mouth cancer?

What are the most telling signs of throat/mouth cancer?

Pain, hoarseness: Persistent sore throat, hoarseness and especially a sore throat with ear pain. Mouth pain, a sore that bleeds, a painless neck lump all more worrisome in a person who smokes or in some other way using tobacco and who drinks alcohol. Head and neck cancers announce themselves so listen and if you hear it get to an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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What is the standard treatment for someone recently diagnosed mouth/throat cancer?

What is the standard treatment for someone recently diagnosed mouth/throat cancer?

Depends: If surgically resectable, then take it out. If not, and not metastatic, chemotherapy and rt. If surgery is done and node positive, postoperative rt +\- chemotherapy. If metastatic, chemotherapy alone. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have had the jab against cervical cancer (gardasil) what are the chances of my getting mouth or throat cancer?

I have had the jab against cervical cancer (gardasil) what are the chances of my getting mouth or throat cancer?

Depends: There are presently 3 vaccines available. All cover the 2 primary strains associated with cervical, throat and anal cancer. The newest covers 5 additional strains that could be linked to a minority of cancers. The vaccine does help protect against the most common strains, which reduces risk a lot, but not 100%.The vaccine is not site specific, it protects against cancer in any site. ...Read more

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Can you develop throat cancer from bad ulser in my mouth. I have had this for about 6 weeks and feels like lump?

Can you develop throat cancer from bad ulser in my mouth. I have had this for about 6 weeks and feels like lump?

See your dentist: Please see your dentist immediately.

You could have any number of oral infections. It could be mouth cancer. It could also be a manifestation of a systemic disease. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having smoking related cancer (lung, throat, mouth, etc) by the age of 25? Pathologists and oncologists only please

What are the chances of having smoking related cancer (lung, throat, mouth, etc) by the age of 25? Pathologists and oncologists only please

Low: In the absence of family history of early onset cancers, your risk of cancer is low at age 25. However, cancer is not the only risk from smoking and you should quit while you are ahead. Also refrain from alcohol as tobacco and alcohol act synergistically in producing cancer. ...Read more

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What are the telltale signs of throat/mouth cancer?

What are the telltale signs of throat/mouth cancer?

Depends: Visualization of the mass / area by the patient or a medical / dental practitioner.
Patient having difficulty swallowing, spitting up blood, painful swallowing, physical size of the mass can be associated with oral / throat cancer. ...Read more

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White pinkish skintag on soft pallet of mouth no pain no sore throat no bleeding could it be cancer?

White pinkish skintag on soft pallet of mouth no pain no sore throat no bleeding could it be cancer?

Fibroma: This is likely a fibroma. Have your doctor check it if it is worrying you. If it is not changing in size or growing it is likely nothing to worry about. This can be easily removed in the office. If you are a smoker, drinker, or chewer of tobacco, it is more worrisome and should be checked immediately this week. Dr jesus medina runs the ENT program at the univ of ok there. You can see him. ...Read more

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Why do you get a foreign body sensation in throat with mouth cancer, is it constant? And what are other symptoms

Why do you get a foreign body sensation in throat with mouth cancer, is it constant? And what are other symptoms

No symptoms: Early oral cancer does not have any symptoms. It will appear as a white or red spot in your mouth. By the time there are any symptoms a cancer can be more advanced and treatment more difficult. Smoking is one cause so quit no
that is why routine dental exams are so very important. Your dentist should be doing a oral cancer examination at every examination and when you have your teeth cleaned. ...Read more

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I have a lump on the top right side of my mouth near my throat. I do have a history with cancer so I am concerned. Any idea what it is?

Get Evaluated: With a history of cancer at the young age of 20, I would recommend you see your dentist or family physician for evaluation. A lump in the mouth could represent a number of things, and it would be in your best interest to have the area examined. ...Read more

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I have a tiny bump in the back of my throat near the uvula is this mouth cancer?

Unlikely to be Cance: Any bump/mass requires close watch for further growth or resolution. If it grows over the next one month, then it should be checked by a medical doctor to find out the cause. Any mass of one cm or bigger requires a biopsy if it is growing in size. Oral cancer is rare in young people. ...Read more

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Can too many root canals cause cancer to the jaw, mouth, throat or lymph nodes?

Can too many root canals cause cancer to the jaw, mouth, throat or lymph nodes?

Anecdotal Record: There is no scientific evidence that root canals cause cancer to the jaw, mouth, throat or lymph nodes. Root canal treatment may save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it. ...Read more

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Sml skin tag looking thing left side mouth near throat had bout 12mths not sore can turn it could it b cancer?

Sml skin tag looking thing left side mouth near throat had bout 12mths not sore can turn it could it b cancer?

Skin tags are: Easy to remove. Please see your doc to have that done. Cancer is way down on the list of possibilities. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can anyone explainhpv as it relates to oral sex, oral, throat & anal cancer? If you have oral sex with someone with HPV does HPV linger in your mouth?

HPV is a virus: Hpv is a virus (human papilloma virus). Some strains of this virus can cause warts/papillomas and others are at higher risk for causing certain cancers. It is transmitted by intimate contact. Exposure does not necessarily mean you will become infected. ...Read more

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Went to ER for the white spot in my mouth/throat. Dr said it was due to a URI. He said it was not cancer. Feeling better but spot is still there. Help?

Went to ER for the white spot in my mouth/throat. Dr said it was due to a URI. He said it was not cancer. Feeling better but spot is still there. Help?

Regular visit: If the "white spot" was examined by a doctor and s/he advised that it was not cancer, you could wait to get a second opinion at you next encounter with your doctor. If the spot has not gotten bigger, is not ulcerated, and is not bleeding, you can wait for the next regular visit with your doctor. ...Read more

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Red patch inside cheek in mouth. Not swollen or painful, just raw to the touch. Been there 2 months. Lump on neck beside throat. Oral cancer?!

Red patch inside cheek in mouth. Not swollen or painful, just raw to the touch. Been there 2 months. Lump on neck beside throat. Oral cancer?!

Almost unheard of: In a person of your age. However, infection is a real possibility. You have health insurance coverage. You should see your GP and have this checked out. Good luck! ...Read more

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Red throat been docs couple of days ago said was fine but had red throat for a week gums bleed now and then have done for a yr is it mouth cancer?

Red throat been docs couple of days ago said was fine but had red throat for a week gums bleed now and then have done for a yr is it mouth cancer?

No, but if you: Keep up with drinking and smoking you are not doing yourself any favors for your future health. It may be more important for you to see a dentist to ensure that you do not have periodontal disease. Do you brush and floss daily? If not, get started. ...Read more

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3months feels like something stuck in throat no other symptoms is this a common sign of mouth or throat cancer? Smoker. Neg CT scan of soft tiss neck

3months feels like something stuck in throat no other symptoms is this a common sign of mouth or throat cancer? Smoker. Neg CT scan of soft tiss neck

Many possibilities: That symptom is very common and could be associated with many things. It appears that you don't have an enlarged thyroid gland or other mass because of the ct, making cancer unlikely. It can be related to acid reflux (gerd) and laryngopharyngeal reflux (lpr). Some people require mo's of twice daily reflux meds to help. Another issue can be muscle tension dysphonia, so see an ent/laryngologist. ...Read more

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Metallic taste in throat and naseua feeling if my mouth or throat is really dry discomfort from throat to stomach but don't feel weak is it cancer 20yo?

Metallic taste in throat and naseua feeling if my mouth or throat is really dry discomfort from throat to stomach but don't feel weak is it cancer 20yo?

Unlikely but: Unlikely to be cancer but have your primary care physician examine you to make sure everything is ok. Your symptoms sound like acid reflux but, once again, talk to your pcp. Best wishes, ariel. ...Read more

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Second opinion red throat for 7 days not too sore gums bleeding do I have mouth cancer I'm so anxious?

Second opinion red throat for 7 days not too sore gums bleeding do I have mouth cancer I'm so anxious?

2 separate problems: These problems should be managed by your PCP and your dentist. 1. Sore, bleeding gum is common but usually can be resolved by visiting the dentist. 2. Red throat should be addressed by your PCP. See your PCP and dentist for diagnostic and treatment. ...Read more

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Hi Doc I have been having this extreme pain in my mouth and tons of mucus anf the back of my throat looks terrible and im afraid that I have developed oral cancer think google is scaring me with self diagnosis my throat and mouth burns daily no relief the

Hi Doc I have been having this extreme pain in my mouth and tons of mucus anf the back of my throat looks terrible and im afraid that I have developed oral cancer think google is scaring me with self diagnosis my throat and mouth burns daily no relief the

See MD or Dentist: See the MD or Dentist for examination. Does not sound like oral cancer, more like a localized viral or bacterial infection. Possible primary herpetic gingivostomatitis, sinus infection, allergic reaction to environmental irritants (allergy season very bad), strep throat, etc. Get in to see the Docs right away. Good Luck. Meantime- warm salt water rinses, ibuprofen, high fluid intake, rest. ...Read more

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I'm smoker I feel there is somthing stuck in my throat liquids come from my stomach to my mouth I'm too afraid to go to doctor cause I fear its cancer?

I'm smoker I feel there is somthing stuck in my throat liquids come from my stomach to my mouth I'm too afraid to go to doctor cause I fear its cancer?

Throat: Could be many things including acid reflux. I understand your fear, but if there is something going on itd be better to catch it early. See and ENT doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I have two lumps in my mouth; one near the upper molarsand one inside the tongue. I also have a sore throat. I'manxious. How many teens get oral cancer a year?

Very rare: I don't believe you should worry about cancer! it may be normal bony anatomy that some people have, bu nevertheless, have it evaluated by a dentist! ...Read more

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Good day. I have recintly been in Mozambique and did diving. I have cancer sores in my mouth my tonsils are swollen and my throat is sore. Any idea what it can be?

Good day. I have recintly been in Mozambique and did diving. I have cancer sores in my mouth my tonsils are swollen and my throat is sore. Any idea what it can be?

Canker not cancer: Canker Sores in the mouth may be associated with virus or bacterial infection. They are red or white, small, painful and usually heal in a week or so. An exam by a dentist might help if they persist. Not sure if they are related to the swim. ...Read more

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Flu for 1 week, sore throat for 2 weeks. All is gone now but I have a dry mouth and feels like phlegm is stuck in my throat. Could this be cancer?

Flu for 1 week, sore throat for 2 weeks. All is gone now but I have a dry mouth and feels like phlegm is stuck in my throat. Could this be cancer?

Postnasal drip: It could be allergic postnasal drip that is causing your discomfort. There is usually no infection, but the tonsils and other tissues in the throat may swell. This can cause discomfort or a feeling that there is a lump in the throat. A correct diagnosis requires a detailed ENT examination. Successful treatment will usually clear up your throat symptoms. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with HPV and have a canker sore on the front of my mouth. Its not in the Back of throat like things say, should I be worried for oral cancer?

Diagnosed with HPV and have a canker sore on the front of my mouth. Its not in the Back of throat like things say, should I be worried for oral cancer?

No: It is unlikely that you have oral cancer. Was HPV detected as part of PAP smear? You should follow your doctor's advise about follow-up tests. You should still get HPV vaccine to prevent against other strains of the virus.
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. 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

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more