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Doctor insights on: How Many American Get Throat Cancer Each Year

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Throat Cancer (Definition)

The throat is a complicated area and is divided into several different areas including the vocal cords, the larynx, the glottis and supra-glottic areas. The cancers in these areas are usually of the squamous cell variety. The distinctions are important as they help to determine the ...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