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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 (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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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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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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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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What is the likeliness that a 20 year old has throat cancer?

What is the likeliness that a 20 year old has throat cancer?

Throat cancer: Unlikely unless heavy drinker, smoker, has severe chemical mucosal burn, or immune defieciency. We are seeing a spike in young people esp. Males with HPV 16 squamous cell carcinoma secondary to oral sex. All children over 12 should be vaccinated with Gardasil. ...Read more

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I am 26 year old and worried that I have throat cancer, what can I do?

I am 26 year old and worried that I have throat cancer, what can I do?

See an ENT: Get a complete head and neck exam with flexible laryngoscopy by and ENT surgeon, especially one who deals with head and neck cancer or who did an head and neck cancer fellowship. ...Read more

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How rare is throat cancer in a 25 year old female caused by hpv?

How rare is throat cancer in a 25 year old female caused by hpv?

Quite Rare: Generally cancer and especially throat cancer has been a disease of the older men with history of tobacco and alcohol use. However, with the rise in hpv infections, incidence in younger people is rising. ...Read more

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Exactly how rare is throat cancer in a 22 year old I don't drink or smoke?

Exactly how rare is throat cancer in a 22 year old I don't drink or smoke?

Increasing recently.: Other than tobacco-smoking, hpv (human papilloma virus) is increasingly the cause of throat cancer.

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Can throat cancer be genetic? If so, can an 18 year old have it?

Can throat cancer be genetic? If so, can an 18 year old have it?

Varies: It really depends on many different factors beside genetics, like lifestyle, socioeconomic status and other habits, best to check yourself periodically if possible.. ...Read more

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A 20 year old girl with throat cancer, would that be just a rare chance occurence?

A 20 year old girl with throat cancer, would that be just a rare chance occurence?

Yes but rare: Unfotunate, young age is not exempt total oropharyngeal cancers account for 2.6% of total cancers, incidence is very low in young, tobacco uses, hpv (human papilloma virus, hiv, infections, poor oral hygiene, genetic, are all contributing factors. ...Read more

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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?

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...: ...The chances of you getting a whole bunch of nasty diseases (of which throat cancer is one) go way, way down. ...Read more

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Sore throat and feeling of swallowing mucas for three months, 34 year old female, non smoker, non drinker, Could this be throat cancer?

Sore throat and feeling of swallowing mucas for three months, 34 year old female, non smoker, non drinker, Could this be throat cancer?

Unlikely but check: Never say never but at your age with no history of smoking or drinking it is very unlikely. People from Southeast Asia are another group at higher risk.
Much more likely would be a sinus problem or allergy. In any case having put up with these uncomfortable symptoms for so long I think you deserve getting looked at and treated. ...Read more

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What are the realistic chance of a 22 year old to get throat cancer? I have this minor ache in my throat only noticeable when I swallow hard

What are the realistic chance of a 22 year old to get throat cancer? I have this minor ache in my throat only noticeable when I swallow hard

Possible: Check it out anyway with your family doctor and perhaps with ENT (ear nose and throat) specialist as well -- do you smoke? ...Read more

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25 year old male, feeling of lump on base of throat. No sore throat, light cough. Drinker, not smoker. Chances of throat cancer?

25 year old male, feeling of lump on base of throat. No sore throat, light cough. Drinker, not smoker. Chances of throat cancer?

Possibly: A lesion of the base of the throat or base of tongue adjacent to epiglottis may be Ca of tongue. Biospy indicated. To reach that site surgically, if surgeon suspicious on exam if to use transhyoid pharyngotomy where hyoid is resected and base of tongue is immediately exposed for usually excisional bx. ...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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I'm 72 years old and I had an ultrasound done. They found a knot. What would the chances be that it's throat cancer?

I'm 72 years old and I had an ultrasound done. They found a knot. What would the chances be that it's throat cancer?

Need clarification: Are you talking about the thyroid ultrasound with a "nodule"? Or the "knot" is a lump someplace else like esophagus, or skin? ...Read more

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36 years old difficulty sawllowing. Feels like something in throat all the time. No problem eating / drinking. No noted throat cancer or pulps in family history, alcholics in family, drink on weekends every weekend light beer, not a lot. Noticed difficult

See your doctor: Difficulty swallowing is always a serious symptom of something obstructing the pharynx or esophagus or stomach. It is not likely that social use of alcohol plays any role and I would be more interested in your smoking history. Your doctor needs to examine your mouth and throat, and may need to do a barium swallow x-ray or have an ENT doctor take a look down there. ...Read more

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I'm 16 yes old and a smoker for about 2 years and I have a red bump in the back of my throat and a cough could I have throat cancer?

I'm 16 yes old and a smoker for about 2 years and I have a red bump in the back of my throat and a cough could I have throat cancer?

Smoker: Smoking can cause cancer at any time. Although its more common the longer you smoke. The red spot if no other cause is found could be related to the smoking. At your age it would be prudent for you to consider stopping. ...Read more

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My grandpa have throat cancer with stage 3 & 4.I need to know if we should go for surgery or chemoradiation. He is 72 years old.? need second opinion.

My grandpa have throat cancer with stage 3 & 4.I need to know if we should go for surgery or chemoradiation. He is 72 years old.? need second opinion.

Head and neck cancer: It is very difficult to give a second opinion in this way. I would go to another cancer center in your area, have him examined by a team of physicians then make the appropriate decision. These decisions can not be done online without imaging studies and data. Have a good day and good luck. ...Read more

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What risk of getting throat cancer after having it a year ago?

What risk of getting throat cancer after having it a year ago?

That is something: We can't answer with available information. Your surgeon/ physician should know the specific type of cancer you had, how much spread there was, if all cancer was removed, etc. Those individuals should be able to provide a better estimate when looking at all of the variables. Take care. ...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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How many new cases of throat cancer per year in the u.S.?  how many throat cancer deaths per year?  what % is female?  what % overall is from hpv?

How many new cases of throat cancer per year in the u.S.?  how many throat cancer deaths per year?  what % is female?  what % overall is from hpv?

Throat cancer: In the United States, 14, 290 new cases of throat cancer are reported a year. For both men and women. The death rate for them was about 1.3 per 100, 000 people in a population. The odds of hpv-positive throat cancer doubled in individuals who reported between 1 and 5 lifetime oral sexual partners. The risk increased five-fold in those patients with 6 or more oral sexual partners. Males have more risk. ...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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I'm 20, light smoker 1 year, scared I got throat cancer. I've had a neck and throat exam, and a CBC, all clean but still have some symptoms. WDY think?

Not enough: Unfortunately you did not include the most important part, your symptoms. Hard to comment otherwise, but other diagnoses are more likely, given your age. Would still suggest quitting smoking, since that is a predisposing factor. ...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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Strep throat or throat cancer? Have used chew on and off for a year, history of cancer in my family but have all strep throat symptoms. Could it be so

Strep throat or throat cancer? Have used chew on and off for a year, history of cancer in my family but have all strep throat symptoms. Could it be so

Possible strep: As all family members have sore throat all need to have strep screen and all need to be treated at the same time so it does not keep recurring ...Read more

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Cortisone fixes my hoarse voice. I get hoarse a few times a year. What is the chance that it is throat cancer?

Cortisone fixes my hoarse voice. I get hoarse a few times a year. What is the chance that it is throat cancer?

Not likely: If the hoarseness were from cancer it would not go away even with cortisone treatment. You should consult your doctor to avoid further damage. If you smoke or use tobacco in any form, quit while you are ahead. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Is it possible to develop HPV throat cancer in a year? I have an itchy throat with some throat pain. I am very worried that I will die.

Is it possible to develop HPV throat cancer in a year? I have an itchy throat with some throat pain. I am very worried that I will die.

Yes: Oralcontact with HPV is not uncommon as a sexually transmitted virus. The H&N is an increasing site for lesions related to the virus to develop. Within a 2 yr. Period of time if lesion does not develop the virus is frequently eliminated. Oral exam is the best way to define a lesion. Such squamous lesions are sensitive to RT and chemo. Itchy throat more likely inflammatory. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have minimal mucus in throat. 1 year post throat cancer and radiation therapy? Did the radiation cause the mucus?

Is it normal to have minimal mucus in throat. 1 year post throat cancer and radiation therapy? Did the radiation cause the mucus?

Yes: Radiation therapy can cause dry mouth resulting in thick mucous secretions. Talk to your radiation doctor if a medicine to increase saliva production, mouth rinses, or possibly even accupuncture could help. ...Read more

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16, social smoker for 1 year, stopped for a while, had 1 yesterday, throats sore, feel a tightness in throat, ear and nose pain, could I have throat cancer?

16, social smoker for 1 year, stopped for a while, had 1 yesterday, throats sore, feel a tightness in throat, ear and nose pain, could I have throat cancer?

Smoking risk: As you know, smoking increases your risk of cancer and many other diseases and dysfynctions. However, it is very unlikely that you have cancer from smoking after being a light smoker for only one year. Your symptoms are most likely related to an infection such as a common cold. To reduce your risk of smoking related illnesses, you should stop smoking permanently. ...Read more

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Sore throat for 2 weeks, lump feeling when swallowing ent looked down throat with camera about a year ago and all was clear but worried throat cancer?

No: Cancer of the throat, that is squamous cancer arises thru a process of premalignant changes. This is ususally seen as Leukoplakia or a white patch. Sometimes a superficial ulcer is noted but these take time to transform. If previous scope was neg. I would watch for remission or progression with nodes in neck which would require re exam. ...Read more

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How may years does throat cancer take to develop?

How may years does throat cancer take to develop?

No clear answer: While cancer doesn't develop overnight, processes leading upto cancer can take years.
Here is a good overview on throat cancer

http://www. Cancer. Net/cancer-types/head-and-neck-cancer. ...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

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. Harinder Gill
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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