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How Rare Is It For A Teen To Get Oral Cancer
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
Squamous cancer: Of the head and neck is unheard of in a pre-teen, and only teens that smoke or dip are at risk. Pediatric tumors (rhabdomyosarcoma) can afffect the head and neck, but the oral cavity is still unusual. Ewings sarcoma of skull bones, and esthesioneuroblastoma and juvenile angiofibroma occur in nasal cavity. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Please don't do it!: Tobacco, whether chewed or smoked, is a carcinogen and the more the mouth is exposed to this the greater the risk. Numbers are just statistical guesses. For that person who does get oral cancer, whether as a teenager or later on, there is pain, disfigurement or loss of life. If you smoke or chew, please stop. If you've never started, don't ever start. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Very unlikely...: Breast cancer would be a very unusual / uncommon finding in a teenager. Breast masses can develop in young people, but these are generally benign growths such as "fibroadenomas". If a teen has a palpable breast lump and is concerned, it would be appropriate to visit with a healthcare provider for a physical examination. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes but rare: Barrett's metaplasia is a risk factor for esophageal cancer. Anyone with barrett's should be in a endoscopic surveillance program. Other risks factors that might effect young people: achalasia, chaga's disease, scleroderma, history of caustic ingestion, lymphoma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very, very unlikely: The incidence of breast cancer increases with age, occurring very rarely in one's 20's, sporadically in the 30's, and then increasing with each decade of life. An adolescent with a breast lump still requires physician evaluation, but a benign tumor called a fibroadenoma is far more likely. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not impossible: But very, very, rare.Get a more detailed answer ›
Mouth (Oral) Cancer (Definition)
Any cancer located in the mouth. Symptoms are variable but include a mass in the mouth, difficulty eating, and tongue problems. ...Read more
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