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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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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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Does oral and anal sex really cause head/neck cancer as well as anal cancer? Are there risks involved if both parties are HPV free and monagomous?

Does oral and anal sex really cause head/neck cancer as well as anal cancer? Are there risks involved if both parties are HPV free and monagomous?

Yes: Anal cancer and some types of head/neck cancer (mainly tonsil) are caused by hpv. If both parties are hpv free and monogamous then the risk would likely decrease, however studies of cervical samples in female college students show a very high rate of exposure at some point. So, monogamy at present wouldn't necessarily mean that there hadn't been prior exposure. ...Read more

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What to do if I have read that HPV can cause about 30 kinds of cancers. can it be a procuring cause of prostate cancer in men?

What to do if I have read that HPV can cause about 30 kinds of cancers. can it be a procuring cause of prostate cancer in men?

Not that we know of: I have had a great amount of research experience in prostate cancer and HPV. Prostate cancer actually happens to be one of the few cancers that we have a well defined causative timeline. Almost all cases are due to hormonal (testosterone) inducement. This is why treatment (may) entails testosterone suppression. Anyone claiming a role for HPV doesn't have consensus backing and should be doubted. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what colon and rectal cancers are? Are they more common in women?

Can you tell me what colon and rectal cancers are? Are they more common in women?

Abnormal colon mass: Colorectal cancers are the second leading cause of death in women next to heart disease. You should check for rectal bleeding at age 40 and yearly there after. You should have a colonoscopy at age 50. Depending on the findings, you should have a colonoscopy 3 years, 5 years or 10 years thereafter until age 80: if family history, late 30s or early 40s. ...Read more

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What are the causes of cervical cancer? Can it be possible to those who had sex earlier their lives?

What are the causes of cervical cancer? Can it be possible to those who had sex earlier their lives?

Screening is needed: Environmental exposures are the most important risk factors in cervical cancer. The risk include-early onset sexual activity , multiple sexual partner-especially with high risk partner- known to have hpv, history of std, immunocompromised etc. Now, the more risk factors the higher your risk is to have cervical cancer. Pap-smear is the key. ...Read more

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What are some future ways that can treat and possibly cure breast cancer. Genetics maybe?

What are some future ways that can treat and possibly cure breast cancer. Genetics maybe?

Still searching: Treatments for breast cancer are evolving. There are better ways to treat today when compared with 10 years ago. Early detection is the key to better outcomes. ...Read more

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Can there be any range of people that are easily affected to breast cancer?

Can there be any range of people that are easily affected to breast cancer?

Anyone: Breast cancer risk increases as we get older. There can be risk factors like family history that cause people to develop breast cancer under the age of 50. The biggest risk is having breasts (women and men) but only 1 out of 8 will develop breast cancer. ...Read more

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I have to get several root canals. I've heard they can cause cancer and all kinds of other ailments. I'm worried.

I have to get several root canals. I've heard they can cause cancer and all kinds of other ailments. I'm worried.

News source: Absolute rubbish. Whatever news source you got this information from should be permanently deleted from your information sources. Root canal rx has saved untold millions of teeth. Rc rx does not cause cancer in any way, shape, or form. Whit it does is preserve teeth to eliminate the problems that tooth loss can cause. Trust your dentist. He/she did the right thing for you. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some leads to of oral thrush in adults?

Could you tell me what are some leads to of oral thrush in adults?

Causes: People with a weakened immune system, whether due to illness or age, can make one more susceptible to getting thrush. Other potential causes are poor oral hygiene, diabetes, heavy smoking and dry mouth. Certain medications such as anitbiotics and steroids can alter the natural balance of the oral mucosa which can also lead to thrush. ...Read more

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My throat has been dry and a bit sore for 2 weeks. Slight blood in the mornings. It started after unprotected, rough oral sex. I'm worried I might have caught an std/throat cancer? It's dry/bit sore.

My throat has been dry and a bit sore for 2 weeks. Slight blood in the mornings. It started after unprotected, rough oral sex. I'm worried I might have caught an std/throat cancer? It's dry/bit sore.

Get tested: If you have had unprotected oral sex, then there is a real possibility of a STD. You should definitely be tested. Don't worry about throat cancer which is extremely unlikely in a woman your age. It is most likely related to the sex, but even very rough oral sex should not cause soreness that lasts for 2 weeks. Get checked, get treatment if needed, feel safe, protect yourself in the future. ...Read more

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Can you explain to me how some cancers are treatable but others are not? For examp. How can 2 forms of leukemia at same stage lead to different prog?

Can you explain to me how some cancers are treatable but others are not? For examp. How can 2 forms of leukemia at same stage lead to different prog?

Cancers: There are umpteenth number of cancers and all of them have different treatment and prognosis. One cancer may behave differently in two individuals. ...Read more

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How many people with throat cancer are nonsmokers and have no known risk factors?

How many people with throat cancer are nonsmokers and have no known risk factors?

Not many.: These are probably rare. The most common causes are tobacco use (including smokeless) and alcohol use. Nasopharyngeal cancers can be found in mediterranian peoples who usually have epstein-barr virus. ...Read more

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Can birth control pills cause cancer? My doctor says they are fine! my question is can they cause breast cancer or other cancers?

Can birth control pills cause cancer? My doctor says they are fine! my question is can they cause breast cancer or other cancers?

Not significant: Some studies suggest that use of birth control pills appears to slightly increase the risk of breast cancer, especially among younger women. However, the risk level goes back to normal 10 years or more after discontinuing oral contraceptive use. Women who use oral contraceptives have reduced risks of ovarian and endometrial cancer. ...Read more

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How common is it for genital warts to spread to your mouth or a partners mouth. I have read that oral warts are rare but is this actually true?

How common is it for genital warts to spread to your mouth or a partners mouth. I have read that oral warts are rare but is this actually true?

Rare but it Happens: You are correct in that warts in & around the mouth are rare but they generally are associated with those patient whose sexual partners have genital warts. The most common type is associated with the hpv virus for which there now is a vaccine but it only works for those not already infected. Hpv is associated with both cervical and penile cancers but it is rarely associated with oral cancer. ...Read more

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What are the reasons except sexual intercourse that spread aids initially and how many have died from it?

What are the reasons except sexual intercourse that spread aids initially and how many have died from it?

Kissing closely: Blood transfusion. Blood contact to an area with non intact skin vlood contact, kissing and sex is the way to spread aids. ...Read more

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I have genital herpes. Are sex and oral sex the only ways i can spread the virus to my husband? Or are there other precautions we should take?

I have genital herpes. Are sex and oral sex the only ways i can spread the virus to my husband? Or are there other precautions we should take?

Precautions? Yes...: You can spread the virus by any oral/genital contact. This is possible even when lesions are not present. Besides using condoms, you can help reduce the risk of transmission by taking an antiviral medication such as Valtrex (valacyclovir) everyday. ...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. Corey Clay
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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