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Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
19 years in practice
Udayana University Faculty of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Nicole Bressler Dr. Bressler
Emergency Medicine
5 years in practice
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

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Nicole Bressler Dr. Bressler
Emergency Medicine
5 years in practice
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Matthew Solhjem Dr. Solhjem
Radiation Oncology
17 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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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.

Dr. Andrew Turrisi Dr. Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
43 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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What is throat cancer?

What is throat cancer?

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.

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau Dr. Juchau
Family Medicine
29 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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Have I got throat cancer?

Have I got throat cancer?

Hope not: Without any symptoms or an exam who knows. If you are concerened see your doctor.

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Dr. Lester Thompson Dr. Thompson
Pathology
29 years in practice
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
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What causes throat cancer?

What causes throat cancer?

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.

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Dr. Joshua Lawson Dr. Lawson
Radiation Oncology
years in practice
Emory University School of Medicine
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Is throat cancer cureable?

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.

Dr. Patrick Melder Dr. Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
23 years in practice
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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I am cured of throat cancer?

I am cured of throat cancer?

What is the question: Do you have a question? Please clarify.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Steven Ginsberg Dr. Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
33 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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What are signs of throat cancer?

Hoarseness, etc.: Hoarseness, a lump in the throat, throat pain, weight loss, blood in the sputum are possible signs of throat cancer, though these signs may be caused by other problems.

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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What symptoms for throat cancer?

What symptoms for throat cancer?

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.

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Dr. Heather Curry Dr. Curry
Radiation Oncology
26 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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How aggressive is throat cancer?

How aggressive is throat cancer?

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.

Dr. Lawrence Scalzo Dr. Scalzo
Family Medicine
23 years in practice
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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How fast does throat cancer grow?

How fast does throat cancer grow?

Varies: If smoke very fast like weeks ;never smoke, if weak and frail faster but see cancer ear nose throat doctor if think you have it, much more likely if smoke

Dr. Chaim Colen Dr. Colen
Neurosurgery
15 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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Dr. Hassan Arshad Dr. Arshad
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
12 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Can I be developing throat cancer?

Can I be developing throat cancer?

Symptoms: 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 any concerns, please see your doctor.

Dr. Daniel Rubenstein Dr. Rubenstein
Dentistry
47 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
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Can I have throat cancer at age 14?

Throat cancer: Unlikely at your age, but if you are having a problem and it has lasted longer than 10 days, you should see your dentist, an oral surgeon or an ENT specialist for an examination.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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What can result from throat cancer?

What can result from throat cancer?

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.

Dr. Chaim Colen Dr. Colen
Neurosurgery
15 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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Can sweetner give you throat cancer?

Depends: What type of sweetener are you referring to? Honey? Artificial sweetener? Throat cancer is more commonly associated with alcohol and smoking….

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