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So Why Would Throat Cancer Be Rare Inmy 20s
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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">
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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