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Is Tonsil Cancer Rare
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
Oral tobacco use: The majority of tonsillar cancers are related to the use of tobacco products, including chewing tobacco. Heavy alcohol use increases the risk in tobacco users. Another form of tonsillar cancer is lymphoma and there are no know preexisting conditions that cause that type of tumor. ...Read more
Usually, it shows up as a lump on the side of the throat in the back. It can be painful or pain less. If the tonsil looks swollen, red, or irregular shaped, then it needs to be biopsied.
Also, it can show up as swollen lymph nodes on the side of the neck as well. ...Read more
Really rare: Tonsil cancer mostly is from chronic exposure to smoke and alcohol. In the 20's the length of exposure is too short for this to develop. (a good time to consider stopping these if you are at risk.) tonsils can be a site for metastatic tumors, and lymphoid system tumors - also very uncommon. If you have a growth, see your otolaryngologist for diagnosis. ...Read more
I do not know: Without examining you, knowing your family history, "social history" etc, and essentially doing a full history and physical examination on you, it would be impossible to comment on what condition you have, but hopefully, at age 24, tonsilar cancer would be rare. Best wishes. ...Read more
No not exactly: A look inside your throat by your doctor is the best way to see your tonsil's health or any problem in that area. Fever is more often a symptom of infection...Rarely due to cancer and in that case it is often due to internal/advanced cancers which can sometimes cause fever. ...Read more
I'm getting a small flesh looking growth removed from my tonsil how worried about cancer should I be?
Cancer Concerns: I encourage you to take a deep breath & try to relax. We are not able to diagnose this through this forum. When this is excised and the biopsy pathology is checked - you will know for certain. I certainly hope that you will have cause to feel reassured when this info is available. Take care ...Read more
I'm 22 years old and have one tonsil much larger than the other, its grown over the years I'm petrified its tonsil cancer, please help?
Very unlikely: The likelyhood of asymmetric tonsils being cancer in an otherwise healthy young woman is extremely low. Far more likely is asymmetry due to low grade infection or some other completely benign reason. Take a breath, calm down and relax. That being said it is still a good idea to see an ENT doctor for an evaluation. Often what i'll do is take a picture and have the patient come back in 6 weeks or so. ...Read more
Don't know if got bigger. One tonsil has always been bigger 4 @ least 8 yrs. Hasn't changed size in 4 mos. I read this 99% time cancer. Worried. : (?
Your primary care: Any licensed physician can look at a throat mass and tell whether it needs to be biopsied. ...Read more
Possible: Tonsil cancers can present as a non painful swelling in the neck. You might be able to see something on your tonsil as well. It could just be an infection or calicification. This type of cancer is rising in your age group due to it's association with hpv. Get checked out by an ear nose and throat specialist for an appropriate evaluation. ...Read more
Could be: How long has the unilateral enlargement lasted? What are associated symptoms? Is there lymph node enlargement? It is not feasible to give a reasonable answer without examining the lesion and may be taking a biopsy for examination of the tissue by a pathologist. It would be prudent to consult your doctor. ...Read more
Tonsil cancer: Hello, the appearance of cancer in the tonsil usually looks like a ulcer, asymmetric, reddish and often bleeds. This lesion would also be very painful. However, tonsil cancer may be present and the tonsil may look completely normal. So a normal appearing tonsil does not guarantee cancer isn't present. See your ENT doctor for a complete evaluation. ...Read more
Tonsil cancer: Most malignancies of the tonsil are non-keratinizing squamous cell carcinomas that are hpv-related. Unlike other squamous cell carcinomas of the head & neck, they tend to be exquisitely radiation and chemosensitive. While my hospital does not perform tomotherapy, any directed radiotherapy is likely effective. If the malignancy is lymphoid in origin (lymphoma), it's a very different discussion. ...Read more
Usually not - cancer is rare.
Inflammed tonsils are painful and very rarely the pain of cancer may mimic the same discomfort in the throat and have difficulty with swallowing.
In the us, women are showing an in increased risk of oropharyngeal cancers that has been attributed to hpv-16 virus infections due to oral sexual practices
please see your doc or an ENT specialist for more answers. ...Read more
Slight: The tonsil is a lymphoid structure in the oropharynx helping provide immune reactivity against infection if needed. When affected by cancer a lymphoid lesion or squaf mous malignancy can develop. Both are treated with RT but require different forms of chem. If oral and cerical head and neck exams are neg. Now, the chance of recurrence is slight. ...Read more
2 CM x 1" long tonsil. Other normal. Been larger for about 10 years. No pain no swollen lymphs if not cancer, what causes this? Very scared.
Tonsillitis: Should consult a ENT dr. May need tonsillectomy. ...Read more
Does having one quite larger tonsil than other always mean cancer. Been bigger for at least 10 years. Watching closely 2 months this now. No change?
Could this be tonsil cancer? I am 22 years old and my right tonsil is much larger than the other it seems to be getting larger as the years go by.?
Unlikely: Based on your comment of having asymmetric tonsil size for years, it is unlikely that it is related to malignancy. Tonsils can commonly appear asymmetric with one looking larger than the other. This is most commonly related to one tonsil being embedded more deeply in the throat than the other which is a normal variant. The best advice is to have an exam by an ear, nose, and throat specialist. ...Read more
If asymmetrical tonsils are normal why when you google it you always come up as cancer? My one tonsil is 5x bigger than other. Been this way for years
May be normal: If it has been the same for years probably a normal variant. If there is a concern then make an appointment with an ENT physician. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Possible: To know that the tonsils are misshappen and ulcerated suggests that there were symptoms requiring evaluation. Misshapen and ulcerated suggests that there is a definined infection causing this problem or that a malignant process is taking place. Squamous cell carcinoma is not uncommon nor is lymphoma. Considering the possibility of tumor development, biopsy is a requirement. ...Read more
Yes it can.: Tonsil cancer presents as a mass, ulcer or swelling of the tonsil. It can be infected and look like tonsillitis. But tonsillitis itself does not becessarily become cancer. Tonsil cancer occurs more in smokers, drinkers and persons with poor oral hygiene. It also occurs more in persons with certains types of genital virus infection. ...Read more
Oral exam: The tonsils if not removed are easily recognized on oral examination. As one gets older then usually regress and are difficult to see- that is posterior and lateral to the tongue. If any question of pathology noted by your physician, a simple biopsy is used. Radiation virtually cures tonsil cancer. ...Read more
Try removing it: Use a water pick or some other tool. A tonsillolith shells out free. ...Read more
Rare: But why torture yourself with worry. We can't examine you in this forum. Your best best course of action would be to see an ENT, Otolaryngologist, a throats specialist, for examination and decision as to whether or not definitive treatment is indicated. ...Read more