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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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I am 21 and nearly i have smoked 200 cigarettes since last 2 years i am having pain in my throat from the last time i smoke can i get throat cancer?

I am 21 and nearly i have smoked 200 cigarettes since last 2 years i am having pain in my throat from the last time i smoke can i get throat cancer?

Stop it, buddy: Those things are irritating your throat. You're flirting with the roughest addiction in all of medicine, and the one most likely to kill you. Don't be stupid. Throw those things away now. You haven't given yourself cancer yet -- but play chicken with cancer for a few more years, and you very well might. ...Read more

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I had a total Esophagectomy 4 years ago due to acid reflux. I still have acid reflux to this day even worse .Can i get throat cancer from the reflux ?

I had a total Esophagectomy 4 years ago due to acid reflux. I still have acid reflux to this day even worse .Can i get throat cancer from the reflux ?

Very unlikely: If the entire esophagus was removed, the chances of getting Barretts esophagus from the continued reflux is very unlikely. Having said that, if you are still having symptoms, it bears periodic evaluation to see how severe the inflammation is. You also should be treating the reflux to keep the symptoms under control. 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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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 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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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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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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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. For more details refer to http://www.Emedicinehealth.Com/cancer_of_the_mouth_and_throat/page2_em.Htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">

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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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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. Julie Abbott
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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