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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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I'm 20, light smoker 1 year, scared I got throat cancer. I've had a neck and throat exam, and a CBC, all clean but still have some symptoms. WDY think?

I'm 20, light smoker 1 year, scared I got throat cancer. I've had a neck and throat exam, and a CBC, all clean but still have some symptoms. WDY think?

Not enough: Unfortunately you did not include the most important part, your symptoms. Hard to comment otherwise, but other diagnoses are more likely, given your age. Would still suggest quitting smoking, since that is a predisposing factor. ...Read more

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3months feels like something stuck in throat no other symptoms is this a common sign of mouth or throat cancer? Smoker. Neg CT scan of soft tiss neck

3months feels  like something stuck in throat no other symptoms is this a common sign of mouth or throat cancer? Smoker. Neg CT scan of soft tiss neck

Many possibilities: That symptom is very common and could be associated with many things. It appears that you don't have an enlarged thyroid gland or other mass because of the ct, making cancer unlikely. It can be related to acid reflux(gerd) and laryngopharyngeal reflux(lpr). Some people require mo's of twice daily reflux meds to help. Another issue can be muscle tension dysphonia, so see an ent/laryngologist. ...Read more

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Persistant sore throat for 6 months and blood from throat and nose could this be symptoms of throat cancer. No lump like feeling in neck only pain.

Persistant sore throat for 6 months and blood from throat and nose could this be symptoms of throat cancer. No lump like feeling in neck only pain.

Possibly: Symptoms of throat cancer do include a sore throat that doesn't go away as well as occasional bleeding. Although throat cancer is not common in a young person who has never smoked, it is becoming more frequent due to human papilloma virus (HPV). There are other conditions that can cause similar symptoms, but any sore throat that persists for months should certainly be evaluated by an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Throat cancer cause pain to neck and shoulder?

Throat cancer cause pain to neck and shoulder?

In advanced cases: Advanced tumors of the larynx (voice box) and pharynx (inside of throat) can be associated with enlarged lymph nodes of the neck (which can sometimes be painful) or grow directly into the spinal structures. Persistent pain should be evaluated. A doctor can ask questions about your symptoms and do a physical exam to check for any injuries, illnesses, or activities that may be causing neck pain. ...Read more

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My neck is sowellen..I have smoked for 18 yrs.Did I have throat cancer?

My neck is sowellen..I have smoked for 18 yrs.Did I have throat cancer?

Needs attention: First you should stop smoking especially you know that it causes cancer. Any swollen lymph gland ( if it is is a ) concern, needs exam by your doctor if it i due to throat infection will treat you with antibiotics and local care other wise will refer you to ENT specialist for endoscopic examination. ...Read more

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Can a doctor see throat cancer by looking in the throat and feeling the neck area?

Can a doctor see throat cancer by looking in the throat and feeling the neck area?

Probably: Most cancers of the head and neck are visible or can be felt with a thorough evaluation. Some are not, however these are the exception. A good examination will identify most cancers if they exist. See your ENT doc is you are concerned about cancer. Smoking and excessive alcohol ingestion are risk factors. The hpv virus has been linked to oropharyngeal cancers as well. ...Read more

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Bump on my neck like above my adams apple. Its small. Its probably nothing but im freakingwhile. Could be it throat cancer or something?

Get a medical exam d: Instead of freaking our, find a doctor to examine you. Every lump is not a cancer. How big is this lump? How long has it been there? Unless it is bigger than nickel in size , i would not be too anxious and be thinking it is cancer. But you must show it to your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
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Throat Cancer (Definition)

The throat is a complicated area and is divided into several different areas including the vocal cords, the larynx, the glottis and supra-glottic areas. The cancers in these areas are usually of the squamous cell variety. The distinctions are important as they help to determine the ...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