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I have had post nasal drip due to always being in air conditioned places in Florida due to is high heat and humidity. I have a scratchy throat. Cancer?

I have had post nasal drip due to always being in air conditioned places in Florida due to is high heat and humidity. I have a scratchy throat. Cancer?

Post nasal drip: A scratchy throat may be related to having post nasal drip. If you have chance in appearance of mucosa or your voice has changed - evaluation would be prudent. ...Read more

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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For many yrs used face wash that had triclosan in it. Am I at more risk of nasal/throat cancer? Sometimes got in mouth and in nose from washing face.

For many yrs used face wash that had triclosan in it. Am I at more risk of nasal/throat cancer? Sometimes got in mouth and in nose from washing face.

Stop worrying: Trislosan is a widely-used, apparently harmless chemical that degrades after being discarded into a form of dioxan that is not one of the forms that has toxicity or is supposed to be linked to cancer. Any chemical can be "shown to be harmful for this-and-that" if used in artificial conditions in labs. I am sorry that anyone troubled you over this. ...Read more

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Have had chronic throat clearing that started after a cold 3 1/2 years ago, and now, for one week scratchy throat and yellow nasal mucus, throat cancer?

Have had chronic throat clearing that started after a cold 3 1/2 years ago, and now, for one week scratchy throat and yellow nasal mucus, throat cancer?

If you must ask...: Get it seen by an otolaryngologist. There are many other possible causes, some serious, some not. But you owe it to yourself to get an answer. ...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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16, social smoker for 1 year, stopped for a while, had 1 yesterday, throats sore, feel a tightness in throat, ear and nose pain, could I have throat cancer?

16, social smoker for 1 year, stopped for a while, had 1 yesterday, throats sore, feel a tightness in throat, ear and nose pain, could I have throat cancer?

Smoking risk: As you know, smoking increases your risk of cancer and many other diseases and dysfynctions. However, it is very unlikely that you have cancer from smoking after being a light smoker for only one year. Your symptoms are most likely related to an infection such as a common cold. To reduce your risk of smoking related illnesses, you should stop smoking permanently. ...Read more

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Had a stage 1a/grade 1 mucinous ovarian tumor 4/2013. Heart burn & acid reflux exp with raw throat felt. Family history of GERD + nasal pharynx cancer?

Had a stage 1a/grade 1 mucinous ovarian tumor 4/2013. Heart burn & acid reflux exp with raw throat felt. Family history of GERD + nasal pharynx cancer?

GERD and ovarian ca: This time of year sore throat is pretty std fair. Reflux with heart burn is extremely common...try taking an otc antacid for two weeks. If this doesn't help or change your symptoms call your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I be tested for throat cancer if smoker?

How can I be tested for throat cancer if smoker?

Examination by ENT: You may wish to be examined by an ENT surgeon who may examine "throat", larynx and upper aero-digestive area. ...Read more

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How may years does throat cancer take to develop?

How may years does throat cancer take to develop?

No clear answer: While cancer doesn't develop overnight, processes leading upto cancer can take years.
Here is a good overview on throat cancer

http://www. Cancer. Net/cancer-types/head-and-neck-cancer. ...Read more

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What are early symptoms of throat cancer before it gets bad?

What are early symptoms of throat cancer before it gets bad?

Always bad: Throat cancer is always bad. Symptoms include hoarseness, a sore throat, coughing up blood, or a lump in the neck. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for someone to die from throat cancer?

How long is it supposed to it take for someone to die from throat cancer?

Depends...: ...On the stage of the cancer and the general health of the patient. Many early stage throat cancers can be cured. ...Read more

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What are the illnesses which could give similar symptoms of throat cancer?

What are the illnesses which could give similar symptoms of throat cancer?

Yes, see below: An iron deficiency related entity "plummer wilson syndrome" can have symptoms similar to cancer. See this site for more info.
http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/187341-overview. ...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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What are some mild symptoms of throat cancer that you might not realize is throat cancer?

What are some mild symptoms of throat cancer that you might not realize is throat cancer?

Irritation, lump, hoa: Feeling of irritation or a lump in the throat may be missed and be attributed to sore throat. Depending on what you call :"throat" hoarseness may also be misinterpreted. ...Read more

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Can an eighteen year old get throat cancer?

Can an eighteen year old get throat cancer?

Esophageal cancer: It would be incredibly rare for someone to get throat cancer at 18 yrs. The majority of cases occur in people over 60 yrs old. There are some behaviors that can leave one at higher risk: heavy smoking and heavy alcohol use (shouldn't be a factor in an 18 yr old). Chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease, hpv virus. The list goes on. ...Read more

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Can localized chemotherapy on throat cancer be effective?

Can localized chemotherapy on throat cancer be effective?

No such thing: There is no such thing as localized chemo for throat cancer. Localized treatment for throat cancer would be in the form of radiation or surgery. In head and neck cancer, chemo is given intravenously as a systemic treatment- not as an injection directly to the cancer. I don't know if injecting chemo to the mass directly will be beneficial. For sure, it will make it bleed and risk for infection. ...Read more

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What can be initial symptoms of throat cancer and is it treatable?

Sx & tx: Sxs of throat cancer can include sore throat, coughing, hoarseness, ear pain, problems swallowing & a mass/ lesion that isn’t healing. Fatigue & weight loss may eventually develop. Throat cancer is often treatable. You should see your otolaryngologist to determine if you have throat cancer & what type it is if you do. The ENT surgeon should be able to supply you information on possible tx option. ...Read more

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I started smoking in january n I stoped.3 weeks ago could I have throat cancer?

Sounds like phobias: Cancer from smoking generally requires decades (not months) of smoking. It sounds to me like an unnatural fear or phobia. If it is worrying you, see your doctor and/or get a referral for an ENT physician to exam you for reassurance. If you still have this fear, talking to a therapist/counselor may be helpful. Congratulations on stopping. Keep it that way and good luck!!! ...Read more

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Can I get throat cancer from starting smokin n january n quitting three weeks ago?

Can I get throat cancer from starting smokin n january n quitting three weeks ago?

Greater picture.: It's doubtful that you'd get throat cancer from smoking cigarettes for a short time. However, my greater concern would be that you continue smoking in the long term, either due to personal choice, peer pressure or even addiction. In that sense, long term smoking could lead to throat and lung cancer. Good that you quit, but please don't start again. Just walk away. ...Read more

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Well I started smoking in january I have stoped smoking 3weeks ago can I have throat cancer?

Well I started smoking in january I have stoped smoking 3weeks ago can I have throat cancer?

Smoking for 8 months: Is a short period of time. To develop throat or lung cancer, years or decades of exposure are usually
needed. But do ask you doctor to check your throat. ...Read more

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How do they test for throat cancer?

How do they test for throat cancer?

Biopsy/histopath.: The patient will typically undergo a needle biopsy of this lesion, and when histopathologic information is available, a multidisciplinary discussion of the optimal treatment strategy will be undertaken. ...Read more

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Blood tests to identify throat cancer?

Blood tests to identify throat cancer?

Fily practice: There are no blood test to detect throat ca. Only visualization with biopsy can confirm diagnosis. ...Read more

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How common is HPV the cause of throat cancer?

How common is HPV the cause of throat cancer?

Not common.: This is probably a rare cause. The most common causes are tobacco use (including smokeless) and alcohol use. ...Read more

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I wanna know can smoking weed give you throat cancer?

I wanna know can smoking weed give you throat cancer?

Nobody knows: While throat cancer is conspicuously increased in tobacco smokers, there's not enough data yet for weed smokers. It's often synergistic with alcohol. If the risk were huge, we'd probably know it by now. Life's a matter of weighing risks and benefits. This is your business. There are other ways of getting a cannabis buzz if this is what you want. ...Read more

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How to dissolve mucus. Have throat cancer. Can't cough?

Hydrate: Ensure good clear liquid intake, avoid irritants to both pharynx & esophagus like alcohol, spicy or acidic foods, carbonated beverages, dairy. Guaifenesin in liquid or pill form can thin mucus. Natural lozenges, ginger can help & also some spices can decrease mucus balanced by irritation. ...Read more

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Is throat cancer rare in someone in their 20's caused by hpv?

Quite Rare: Generally cancer and especially throat cancer has been a disease of older men with history of tobacco and alcohol use. However, with the rise in hpv infections, incidence in younger people is rising. ...Read more

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Which one is the best treatments for anaplastic throat cancer?

Which one is the best treatments for anaplastic throat cancer?

Anaplastic thyroid: Anaplastic thyroid cancer is rare however it is a very agressive type of thyroid cancer. The best treatment is surgery- with total removal of the thyroid gland and resection of the lymph gland on the neck around it. Radiation therapy following surgery is given for local control. For advance stage- chemo vs. Clinical trials using medicine eg- sorafenib/tyrosine kinase inhibitor or m-tor inhibitor ...Read more

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Can your local gp see if you have throat cancer or not for diagnosis?

Can your local gp see if you have throat cancer or not for diagnosis?

ENT specialist: Detailed examination of the throat is not an easy procedure. A gp may detect easily observable cancer, however, if it is concern at all, you should see a ear nose throat specialist. ...Read more

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Can throat cancer be mistaken for tonsillitis in its beginning stage?

Can throat cancer be mistaken for tonsillitis in its beginning stage?

Unlikely: The tonsils are very distinct structure. It can be mistaken if your cancer is based on your tonsils. Both do hurt, but usually age and habits, namely alcohol intake, help differentiate the two. ...Read more

Post Nasal Drip (Definition)

Post nasal drip is a term used to describe the common symptoms of sore throat and cough in the presence of a runny nose with sufferers experiencing a worsening of symptoms at night with mild relief during the day. Allergies or nasal/sinus infection cause excess mucous to "drip" into the throat when lying down resulting in congestion, irritation, and inflamation of ...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