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How common is tonsil cancer in my 20s?

How common is tonsil cancer in my 20s?

Really rare: Tonsil cancer mostly is from chronic exposure to smoke and alcohol. In the 20's the length of exposure is too short for this to develop. (a good time to consider stopping these if you are at risk.) tonsils can be a site for metastatic tumors, and lymphoid system tumors - also very uncommon. If you have a growth, see your otolaryngologist for diagnosis. ...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 common is tonsil cancer in under 20s? I'm 18 and have had a recurring ulcer on my tonsil, slight difficulty swallowing, and one swollen lymph node

How common is tonsil cancer in under 20s? I'm 18 and have had a recurring ulcer on my tonsil, slight difficulty swallowing, and one swollen lymph node

Rare: Tonsillar cancer is rare under 20. Even nasopharyngeal cancers are not common at that age. More likely you have a chronic infection, see your doctor for a work up. For more info on nasopharyngeal cancer see this site:
http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/nasopharyngeal-carcinoma/ds00756. ...Read more

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Help please! is cancer of the tonsils very common?

Help please! is cancer of the tonsils very common?

Tonsil cancer: More common in heavy alcohol drinkers and smokers. Becoming more common with HPV 16 disease. Squamous cell carcinoma most common, some lymphomas ...Read more

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How common is mouth cancer in 16 year olds?

How common is mouth cancer in 16 year olds?

Very rare: Although other types of cancers are prevalent in children and teens, cancers of the oral cavity are very rare. physical irritation, such as the untreated sharp edge of a broken tooth, alcohol abuse, smoking anything, and mot especially use of tobacco in any form, is associated with increased risk of oral cancer. So don't. If you have a question, see your Dentist for an exam. ...Read more

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What symptoms of mouth cancer are the most common?

What symptoms of mouth cancer are the most common?

Varied: Oral cancer can present itself in various ways. This makes it very important to have it checked by a professional if you see anything suspicious. Some common presentations are: white patches red patches mixed red and white patches a persistent sore that won't heal unexplained bleeding difficulty or pain when swallowing loose teeth difficulty wearing dentures lump in the neck ear pain hoarseness. ...Read more

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How common is mouth cancer from hpv?

How common is mouth cancer from hpv?

Oral cancer : Affects about 50000 people a year. Hpv is becoming a greater cause for concern in terms of being a contributing factor in oral cancer. Bathe numbers are rising, whereas for smoking, the numbers have stand the same. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a feeling that its oral cancer, even though I know its common in mouth?

What to do if I have a feeling that its oral cancer, even though I know its common in mouth?

Examination: Have an oral surgeon examine your lesion. "Having a feeling" is not going to give you the answers you need. Seek the care of a professional. ...Read more

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How common is gum disease or mouth cancer from smokless tobacco?

How common is gum disease or mouth cancer from smokless tobacco?

Varies with people: Gum disease is very common and made much worse from smokeless tobacco. Oral cancer is rare but is much more common among users of smokeless tobacco. ...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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What causes tonsil cancer?

What causes tonsil cancer?

Oral tobacco use: The majority of tonsillar cancers are related to the use of tobacco products, including chewing tobacco. Heavy alcohol use increases the risk in tobacco users. Another form of tonsillar cancer is lymphoma and there are no know preexisting conditions that cause that type of tumor. ...Read more

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Why is tonsil cancer so rare?

Why is tonsil cancer so rare?

We don't know: Some cancers are common, and others very rare. We do not always know why. ...Read more

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What does tonsil cancer look like?

Bulging lump: Usually, it shows up as a lump on the side of the throat in the back. It can be painful or pain less. If the tonsil looks swollen, red, or irregular shaped, then it needs to be biopsied.

Also, it can show up as swollen lymph nodes on the side of the neck as well. ...Read more

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What are the signs of tonsil cancer?

What are the signs of tonsil cancer?

Several: There are several ways tonsil cancer can present and not everyone will have all signs/Symptoms. They can include: lump or ulcer/pain in the throat, neck mass, voice change, difficulty swallowing, and a deep earache. If you are concerned, please have your doctor check it out. ...Read more

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Is there a possibility I have tonsil cancer?

Is there a possibility I have tonsil cancer?

I do not know: Without examining you, knowing your family history, "social history" etc, and essentially doing a full history and physical examination on you, it would be impossible to comment on what condition you have, but hopefully, at age 24, tonsilar cancer would be rare. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Would your temperature indicate whether you have tonsil cancer?

No not exactly: A look inside your throat by your doctor is the best way to see your tonsil's health or any problem in that area. Fever is more often a symptom of infection...Rarely due to cancer and in that case it is often due to internal/advanced cancers which can sometimes cause fever. ...Read more

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I'm getting a small flesh looking growth removed from my tonsil how worried about cancer should I be?

I'm getting a small flesh looking growth removed from my tonsil how worried about cancer should I be?

Cancer Concerns: I encourage you to take a deep breath & try to relax. We are not able to diagnose this through this forum. When this is excised and the biopsy pathology is checked - you will know for certain. I certainly hope that you will have cause to feel reassured when this info is available. Take care ...Read more

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I'm 22 years old and have one tonsil much larger than the other, its grown over the years i'm petrified its tonsil cancer, please help?

I'm 22 years old and have one tonsil much larger than the other, its grown over the years i'm petrified its tonsil cancer, please help?

Very unlikely : The likelyhood of asymmetric tonsils being cancer in an otherwise healthy young woman is extremely low. Far more likely is asymmetry due to low grade infection or some other completely benign reason. Take a breath, calm down and relax. That being said it is still a good idea to see an ENT doctor for an evaluation. Often what i'll do is take a picture and have the patient come back in 6 weeks or so. ...Read more

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White oblong spot on tonsil cancer?

White oblong spot on tonsil cancer?

Possible: Tonsil cancers can present as a non painful swelling in the neck. You might be able to see something on your tonsil as well. It could just be an infection or calicification. This type of cancer is rising in your age group due to it's association with hpv. Get checked out by an ear nose and throat specialist for an appropriate evaluation. ...Read more

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One enlarged tonsil, could it be a cancer?

Could be: How long has the unilateral enlargement lasted? What are associated symptoms? Is there lymph node enlargement? It is not feasible to give a reasonable answer without examining the lesion and may be taking a biopsy for examination of the tissue by a pathologist. It would be prudent to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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What does cancer of the tonsils look like?

What does cancer of the tonsils look like?

Tonsil cancer: Hello, the appearance of cancer in the tonsil usually looks like a ulcer, asymmetric, reddish and often bleeds. This lesion would also be very painful. However, tonsil cancer may be present and the tonsil may look completely normal. So a normal appearing tonsil does not guarantee cancer isn't present. See your ENT doctor for a complete evaluation. ...Read more

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How effective is tomotherapy on tonsil cancer ?

How effective is tomotherapy on tonsil cancer ?

Tonsil cancer: Most malignancies of the tonsil are non-keratinizing squamous cell carcinomas that are hpv-related. Unlike other squamous cell carcinomas of the head & neck, they tend to be exquisitely radiation and chemosensitive. While my hospital does not perform tomotherapy, any directed radiotherapy is likely effective. If the malignancy is lymphoid in origin (lymphoma), it's a very different discussion. ...Read more

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Could inflamed tonsils for months turn into tonsil cancer?

Could inflamed tonsils for months turn into tonsil cancer?

Usually not: Usually not - cancer is rare.

Inflammed tonsils are painful and very rarely the pain of cancer may mimic the same discomfort in the throat and have difficulty with swallowing..

In the us, women are showing an in increased risk of oropharyngeal cancers that has been attributed to hpv-16 virus infections due to oral sexual practices

please see your doc or an ENT specialist for more answers. ...Read more

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Had cancer on my tonsil 2 years ago. How likely is 2 come back.

Had cancer on my tonsil 2 years ago. How likely is 2 come back.

Slight: The tonsil is a lymphoid structure in the oropharynx helping provide immune reactivity against infection if needed. When affected by cancer a lymphoid lesion or squaf mous malignancy can develop. Both are treated with RT but require different forms of chem. If oral and cerical head and neck exams are neg. now, the chance of recurrence is slight. ...Read more

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Does having one quite larger tonsil than other always mean cancer. Been bigger for at least 10 years. Watching closely 2 months this now. No change?

Does having one quite larger tonsil than other always mean cancer. Been bigger for at least 10 years. Watching closely 2 months this now. No change?

Not likely cancer: Most enlarged tonsils are due to past infections. They are much less likely to be due to cancer. Most cancerous tonsils are high grade non-hodgkin's lymphomas. You are unlikely to have a tonsil enlarged by lymphoma for 10 years without lymphoma treatment. ...Read more

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Could this be tonsil cancer? I am 22 years old and my right tonsil is much larger than the other it seems to be getting larger as the years go by.?

Unlikely : Based on your comment of having asymmetric tonsil size for years, it is unlikely that it is related to malignancy. Tonsils can commonly appear asymmetric with one looking larger than the other. This is most commonly related to one tonsil being embedded more deeply in the throat than the other which is a normal variant. The best advice is to have an exam by an ear, nose, and throat specialist. ...Read more