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

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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Is throat cancer uncommon in a 40 male and is it uncommon in the uk?

Is throat cancer uncommon in a 40 male and is it uncommon in the uk?

Head and neck ca: Especially in oral cancer- the incidence of hpv related oral cancer is increasing and now becoming more common- especially at younger age population- I am talking about age of 30's-40's. The usual head and neck cancer that is associated with alcohol and cigarette smoking occurs more commonly at older age between 55-70 year old. I think, the incidence is pretty much the same as here in the usa. ...Read more

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Is throat cancer rare at 40 male and is it uncommon in the uk and usa?

Is throat cancer rare at 40 male and is it uncommon in the uk and usa?

It is uncommon..: There is an increasing number of younger patients in the europe and us diagnosed with throat cancer. Human papilloma virus has been a culprit, through viral transmission and oral sex. Other risk factors are smoking and alcohol. Patients with viral etiology have better prognosis. Treatment includes radiation and/or surgery for early stages and can be curative. Chemo is included for advanced dis. ...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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How rare is throat cancer in a 25 year old female caused by hpv?

How rare is throat cancer in a 25 year old female caused by hpv?

Quite Rare: Generally cancer and especially throat cancer has been a disease of the 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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Exactly how rare is throat cancer in a 22 year old i don't drink or smoke?

Exactly how rare is throat cancer in a 22 year old i don't drink or smoke?

Increasing recently.: Other than tobacco-smoking, hpv (human papilloma virus) is increasingly the cause of throat cancer. For more details refer to http://www.Emedicinehealth.Com/cancer_of_the_mouth_and_throat/page2_em.Htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">

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A 20 year old girl with throat cancer, would that be just a rare chance occurence?

A 20 year old girl with throat cancer, would that be just a rare chance occurence?

Yes but rare: Unfotunate, young age is not exempt total oropharyngeal cancers account for 2.6% of total cancers , incidence is very low in young, tobacco uses, hpv ( human papilloma virus, hiv, infections , poor oral hygiene, genetic , are all contributing factors. ...Read more

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I've had my question answered except one part what are the realistic chances of throat cancer in 20s?

I've had my question answered except one part what are the realistic chances of throat cancer in 20s?

Not too high: Chances of having throat cancer are not too high unless you are a smoker. Smoking greatly increases the risk of cancer. If you don't smoke & have acid reflux (you may not even know you have it) it can lead to barrett's esophagus, which is a precancerous condition. However, only about 1% of barretts will progress to cancer. Keep in mind, cancer risks do not always follow stats. See dr if concerned. ...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

Dr. Janice Alexander
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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