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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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Is throat cancer curable if it has spread to the liver?

Is throat cancer curable if it has spread to the liver?

I wish I could say..: I wish i could say yes. But, unfortunately the answer is no. When the throat cancer has spred to the liver that is a stage IV disease and is an incurable disease. It is stil a treatable disease. Please discuss detail treatment plan with your oncologist. ...Read more

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Is throat cancer curable? What are early signs when you still have a window of a chance?

Is throat cancer curable? What are early signs when you still have a window of a chance?

If caught early: Throat cancer is curable if caught early enough. Unfortunately many patients present at an advanced stage. Symptoms involve the sinuses, ears, throat,and voice box: PERSISTENT: sore throat, laryngitis, earache,sinus congestion, difficulty swallowing,bleeding in mouth, painless ulcers or sores in mouth or numbness. Alcohol in excess and tobacco are major causes. Others: include HPV 16 virus. ...Read more

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Is throat cancer bad?

Is throat cancer bad?

Not necessarily.: Throat cancer usually is curable with radiation therapy (and sometimes chemo at the same time, occasionally surgery). It is important to be treated at a large cancer center with experience treating throat cancer. ...Read more

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Have I got throat cancer?

Have I got throat cancer?

Hope not: Without any symptoms or an exam who knows. If you are concerened see your doctor. ...Read more

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What symptoms for throat cancer?

What symptoms for throat cancer?

Depends on site: There are multiple areas in the throat that may be affected by cancer and each site has different symptoms. The general symptoms include difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, pain in the throat, enlarged tonsils and in some cases first symptoms may be enlarged nodes due to mets. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/oral-and-throat-cancer/ds00349. ...Read more

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How aggressive is throat cancer?

How aggressive is throat cancer?

Depends on Stage: Staging is the process of finding out how widespread a cancer is within the body at the time of diagnosis. Depending on the cancer type, a history and physical exam, biopsy, imaging studies, and blood tests may be used to determine stage. The stage will help doctors determine prognosis and the best course of treatment for a patient. Many advanced tumors of the head and neck are curable. ...Read more

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Can i be developing throat cancer?

Can i be developing throat cancer?

Symptoms: There are any number of symptoms and not all are necessarily present at one time: difficulty or painful swallowing, mass in the throat, neck mass, bleeding from the throat, difficulty breathing (in advanced cases) , ear pain. If you have any concerns, please see your doctor. ...Read more

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How to know if I have throat cancer?

How to know if I have throat cancer?

Have it checked!: There are any number of symptoms and not all are necessarily present at one time: difficulty or painful swallowing, mass in the throat, neck mass, bleeding from the throat, difficulty breathing (in advanced cases) , ear pain. If you have concerns, have it checked by your doctor to see if you need to see a specialist (ENT doctor). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for throat cancer?

What are the symptoms for throat cancer?

Many: Typical symptoms can include swallowing difficulty for mostly solids, weight loss, voice hoarseness, throat pain, fatigue, neck node enlargement, and can progress to occassionally choking or vomitting in advanced cases. ...Read more

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How to know if I have throat cancer at 16?

How to know if I have throat cancer at 16?

Why?: Why would you think you had throat cancer. 16 is a pretty unlikely age for head and neck cancer. But a great first stop would be to see you pcp or an ENT (ear, nose, and throat specialist) if you are having symptoms you are unsure of. ...Read more

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So why would throat cancer be rare in.My 20s?

Takes time to develp: Throat cancer associated with smoking/alcoholism takes time to develop. 1st your normal throat cells change to different cells than they are supposed to be due to toxic effects of smoking. Over time those different cells can mutate & become cancer cells. Once they become cancer cells, throat cancer is very aggressive. So it is less likely do get throat cancer in your 20s. Same if have acid reflux. ...Read more

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How to tell if I am developing throat cancer?

How to tell if I am developing throat cancer?

TOO YOUNG BUT . . .: If there are any concerns about changes in your throat, best option is to see an ENT and him decide if a laryngoscopy is indicated. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to have throat cancer?

Depends: Tonsil, tongue, supraglottic larynx, larynx, pharyngeal wall, pyriform sinus, etc are all sites often bundled together unfortunately into "throat" cancer. Different sites can have different issues. Difficulties in taste, dentition, chewing, w/ food types (solid, acidic, spicy, carbonated), reflux, ear pain, change in smell/taste can be seen. ...Read more

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What kind of pain does throat cancer feel like?

Throat cancer: Depending on the location of the cancer, it can be painless, or it can cause ear or neck discomfort. There can be a feeling of something stuck in your throat. Most are painless. ...Read more

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What are the main risk factors of throat cancer?

What are the main risk factors of throat cancer?

Throat ca: Smokers , alcohol drinking, severe acid stomach reflux, prior radiation therapy to the neck, family hx of throat cancer, black ethnicity, male. ...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. Cornelius O'leary jr
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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