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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. ...Read more

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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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What are signs of throat cancer?

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. ...Read more

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What are the warning signs of throat cancer?

What are the warning signs of throat cancer?

Pain & ulcerations: This isn't' an exhaustive list, but go see your doctor if you have progressive hoarseness or voice changes, throat pain, pain with swallowing, progressive difficulty swallowing foods or liquids, an ulcer which won't heal or one which bleeds, weight loss, a lump in the neck or throat. Smokers and drinkers are at much higher risk, but anyone can get it. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are early signs of throat cancer?

Could you tell me what are early signs of throat cancer?

Depends: Some cancers can be symptomatic early while others are not. Here is a good overview of symptoms for head/neck cancer (aka throat cancer): http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/head-and-neck-cancer. ...Read more

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Would u know if u had throat cancer? Would a scope see signs of it?

Would u know if u had throat cancer? Would a scope see signs of it?

Throat cancers: Usually present with pain, swallowing or voice change, with or without a lump (node) in the neck. Common in people taht smoke and drink over the age of 50, but increasing with hpv in folks even in their 20's. The "scope" is best done by ENT doc, not the er or gp office. They need to refer you, if necessary, after a history and an exam. ...Read more

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What's the first stage of throat cancer?

What's the first stage of throat cancer?

Different features: The earliest presentation of throat cancer is leukoplakia or a whitened area representing in situ squamous cancer. Other times one sees an early superficial ulceration that doesn't heal. The characteristic of the area on palpation is that no matter how minimal, the lesion is firm on palpation and requires bx for diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of throat cancer?

What are the signs and symptoms of throat cancer?

See below: A hoarse voice, difficulty or pain with swallowing, or swelling in the neck due to involved lymph nodes can all be signs. ...Read more

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I've had lumps on the back of my throat for over a month, is this a sign of throat cancer?

I've had lumps on the back of my throat for over a month, is this a sign of throat cancer?

Need to examine: Cancer is unlikely. What you noticed are likely to be lumps of lymphoid tissue normally present on the back of the throat. If the lumps get bigger to twice the size, become ulcerated, or bleed, see a doctor. Otherwise you may entertain watchful waiting. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Is throat cancer curable? What are early signs when you still have a window of a chance?

Is throat cancer curable? What are early signs when you still have a window of a chance?

If caught early: Throat cancer is curable if caught early enough. Unfortunately many patients present at an advanced stage. Symptoms involve the sinuses, ears, throat,and voice box: PERSISTENT: sore throat, laryngitis, earache,sinus congestion, difficulty swallowing,bleeding in mouth, painless ulcers or sores in mouth or numbness. Alcohol in excess and tobacco are major causes. Others: include HPV 16 virus. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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