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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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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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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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What does tonsil cancer look like?

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?

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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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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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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