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Usually not: Usually not - cancer is rare. Inflammed tonsils are painful and very rarely the pain of cancer may mimic the same discomfort in the throat and have difficulty with swallowing.. In the us, women are showing an in increased risk of oropharyngeal cancers that has been attributed to hpv-16 virus infections due to oral sexual practices please see your doc or an ENT specialist for more answers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Really rare: Tonsil cancer mostly is from chronic exposure to smoke and alcohol. In the 20's the length of exposure is too short for this to develop. (a good time to consider stopping these if you are at risk.) tonsils can be a site for metastatic tumors, and lymphoid system tumors - also very uncommon. If you have a growth, see your otolaryngologist for diagnosis. ...Read more
Oral tobacco use: The majority of tonsillar cancers are related to the use of tobacco products, including chewing tobacco. Heavy alcohol use increases the risk in tobacco users. Another form of tonsillar cancer is lymphoma and there are no know preexisting conditions that cause that type of tumor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No not exactly: A look inside your throat by your doctor is the best way to see your tonsil's health or any problem in that area. Fever is more often a symptom of infection...Rarely due to cancer and in that case it is often due to internal/advanced cancers which can sometimes cause fever. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I do not know: Without examining you, knowing your family history, "social history" etc, and essentially doing a full history and physical examination on you, it would be impossible to comment on what condition you have, but hopefully, at age 24, tonsilar cancer would be rare. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm 22 years old and have one tonsil much larger than the other, its grown over the years i'm petrified its tonsil cancer, please help?
Very unlikely : The likelyhood of asymmetric tonsils being cancer in an otherwise healthy young woman is extremely low. Far more likely is asymmetry due to low grade infection or some other completely benign reason. Take a breath, calm down and relax. That being said it is still a good idea to see an ENT doctor for an evaluation. Often what i'll do is take a picture and have the patient come back in 6 weeks or so. ...Read more
Several: There are several ways tonsil cancer can present and not everyone will have all signs/Symptoms. They can include: lump or ulcer/pain in the throat, neck mass, voice change, difficulty swallowing, and a deep earache. If you are concerned, please have your doctor check it out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bulging lump: Usually, it shows up as a lump on the side of the throat in the back. It can be painful or pain less. If the tonsil looks swollen, red, or irregular shaped, then it needs to be biopsied. Also, it can show up as swollen lymph nodes on the side of the neck as well. ...Read more
Could this be tonsil cancer?
I am 22 years old and my right tonsil is much larger than the other it seems to be getting larger as the years go by.?
Unlikely : Based on your comment of having asymmetric tonsil size for years, it is unlikely that it is related to malignancy. Tonsils can commonly appear asymmetric with one looking larger than the other. This is most commonly related to one tonsil being embedded more deeply in the throat than the other which is a normal variant. The best advice is to have an exam by an ear, nose, and throat specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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