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So Why Would Throat Cancer Be Rare Inmy 20s
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
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
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
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
Other than tobacco-smoking, hpv (human papilloma virus) is increasingly the cause of throat cancer.
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I've had my question answered except one part what are the realistic chances of throat cancer in 20s?
HPV: Although I agree with the other answers, in the last 5-10 years hpv has become a major contributor to throat cancer. Throat cancer related to hpv can occur at an early age and is not related to smoking or drinking. If you are at high risk for hpv and have concerns for possible throat cancer, you should be evaluated by an ent. ...Read more
The throat is: A complex anatomic site that begins at the tonsils and ends at the cricopharygeus muscle. Between lives the glottis (voice box), and the muscles and structures separating the airway from the swallowing tube. The base of the tongue dead-ends into the vallecula, and the epiglottis lives behind it: it closes when we swallow; opens to breathe or speak. Smoking/alcohol and hpv virus can cause ca. ...Read more
Many causes: Smoking tobacco, alcohol abuse, hpv, ebv, asbestos exposure, and several other environmental causes, including radiation and hazardous material are related. Genetics also plays a role, with increased risk of developing cancer in patients with certain genetic predispositions. ...Read more
Yes: Most patients treated for throat cancers are treated with curative intent. If the disease has spread to other organs, lungs usually, then cure is not thought possible. Patients with an extensive bulk of disease also have lower chances of survival but are frequently still treated with the hopes of cure. Good luck. ...Read more
Depends on site:
There are multiple areas in the throat that may be affected by cancer and each site has different symptoms. The general symptoms include difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, pain in the throat, enlarged tonsils and in some cases first symptoms may be enlarged nodes due to mets. See this site for more info.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/oral-and-throat-cancer/ds00349. ...Read more
Depends on Stage: Staging is the process of finding out how widespread a cancer is within the body at the time of diagnosis. Depending on the cancer type, a history and physical exam, biopsy, imaging studies, and blood tests may be used to determine stage. The stage will help doctors determine prognosis and the best course of treatment for a patient. Many advanced tumors of the head and neck are curable. ...Read more
Hope for a cure: Locally, the disease may kill by invading a large vein, becoming infected, or making swallowing so difficult that malnutrition results. This is the 21st century and while we cannot cure all throat cancers, everyone can hope for good supportive care, and should it be necessary, humane comfort measures at the end. Good luck. ...Read more
Have it checked!: There are any number of symptoms and not all are necessarily present at one time: difficulty or painful swallowing, mass in the throat, neck mass, bleeding from the throat, difficulty breathing (in advanced cases), ear pain. If you have concerns, have it checked by your doctor to see if you need to see a specialist (ENT doctor). ...Read more
Obvious lesion: Any mass in the throat needs to be seen. A clear white or red patch that lasts more than 2 weeks or that you just discovered and doesn't hurt needs to be seen. Most worrisome are painless cauliflower-like masses or ulcers. Having a "lump in your throat" when you get emotional isn't cancer. Good luck, and get seen if you are concerned. ...Read more
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