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My throat has been dry and a bit sore for 2 weeks. Slight blood in the mornings. It started after unprotected, rough oral sex. I'm worried I might have caught an std/throat cancer? It's dry/bit sore.

My throat has been dry and a bit sore for 2 weeks. Slight blood in the mornings. It started after unprotected, rough oral sex. I'm worried I might have caught an std/throat cancer? It's dry/bit sore.

Get tested: If you have had unprotected oral sex, then there is a real possibility of a STD. You should definitely be tested. Don't worry about throat cancer which is extremely unlikely in a woman your age. It is most likely related to the sex, but even very rough oral sex should not cause soreness that lasts for 2 weeks. Get checked, get treatment if needed, feel safe, protect yourself in the future. ...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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Have what i believe to be a tonsil papilloma experiencing earache, tooth pain night sweats sore throat hoarse voice..Reason to worry it's cancer?

Have what i believe to be a tonsil papilloma experiencing earache, tooth pain night sweats sore throat hoarse voice..Reason to worry it's cancer?

Interesting: Tonsil papillomas are viral infections, but they do not explain the tooth pain. Hpv types 6, 8, 11, and 13 are known to increase cancer risk. Your symptoms as indicated do not indicate cancer, but typing the kind you have and going for biannual oral cancer screenings are wise in order to prevent or identify early conditions. The tooth pain could be something else. Get evaluated by a dentist. ...Read more

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Chronic sore throat , worried about throat cancer?

Chronic sore throat , worried about throat cancer?

See your doctor: Chronic sore throat may be related to a number of reasons, including reflux (GERD) and allergies. You should see your doctor to see if you can be tested for these entities. If needed, your doctor can look in your throat or send you to ENT for endoscopy for direct visualization. If you have a strong smoking history, you are at higher risk of throat cancer than if you never smoked. ...Read more

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Can regular sore throat be a sign of throat cancer?

Can regular sore throat be a sign of throat cancer?

No: The pain of throat cancer will sneak up on you over weeks, and it will lack the symmetry of a regular sore throat. More important is to check a bad sore throat for streptococcus and get treated to prevent rheumatic fever. ...Read more

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Does throat cancer feel like a regular sore throat?

Does throat cancer feel like a regular sore throat?

Yes and depends: Tonsil, tongue, supraglottic larynx, larynx, pharyngeal wall, pyriform sinus, etc are all sites often bundled together unfortunately into "throat" cancer. "sore throat" symptoms can overlap anatomical sites. Different sites can have different issues. Difficulties in taste, dentition, chewing, w/ food types (solid, acidic, spicy, carbonated), reflux, ear pain, change in smell/taste can be seen. ...Read more

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If someone had throat cancer would the sore throat keep coming and going? Or would the sore throat feeling never go away?

If someone had throat cancer would the sore throat keep coming and going? Or would the sore throat feeling never go away?

No coming and going: Cancer of the throat is an area of the oral cavity separate from tongue and floor of mouth. It usually refers to oropharynx and below it the hypopharynx. When symptoms of a sore throat develop, this is a sign that the lesion has begun to ulcerate and this only progresses with possible bleeding and then metastasis to neck glands. ...Read more

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Had a sore throat for a week , it went for a couple of days and now got another one but it feels different, im scared I've got throat cancer.

Had a sore throat for a week , it went for a couple of days and now got another one but it feels different, im scared I've got throat cancer.

Sore throat: Get an examination to see if you have a viral or bacterial cause for your sore throat. During the evaluation other possible causes for your sore throat can be looked at. Throat cancer is more common in smokers and people infected with HPV. I think you'll feel relieved after your evaluation. ...Read more

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Sudden on set sore throat, cancer?

Sudden on set sore throat, cancer?

It would more likely: Be an infection. Don't know if you have cancer risk factors. See your physician if the sore throat is not improving. F you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider ; get a strep throat test ; culture. ...Read more

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I wake up every morning with a dry and sore throat and often choke on water. Is this a sign of throat cancer.

I wake up every morning with a dry and sore throat and often choke on water. Is this a sign of throat cancer.

Not my first thought: You may be a mouth-breather at night. Perhaps you have nasal congestion from seasonal allergies. That would be my first thing to address. Maintain your recommended medications for this if it applies. Perhaps you should visit with an allergist or an ENT or your primary care physician to see if you need assistance with nasal congestion. As far as the choking on water, I am not as familiar with that. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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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