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What Are The Odds I Have Oral Or Throat Cancer
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
What are the chances of getting throat or mouth cancer? Anal cancer? I am not being monitored for these. Should I be?
Mouth/throat cancer: As breast cancer and prostate cancer can be screened by mammogramme and Blood PSA level respectively, there is no screening test for mouth, throat or anal cancer. However; examination and some questions in general physical work up can be suggestive of additional tests to rule out these cancers. If, you are concerned please see your doctor for physical check up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the ways other then a sore in your mouth does oral cancer shows signs of being present? I been thinking that every symptom I have is cancer?!
Quit worrying first: Cancer in the mouth is highly unlikely to develop in a 23 year old. Once you accept this as a fact of life, then you do not need to be thinking or looking for cancer. If you have cancer in the mouth you will not have hard time finding it or knowing that it is there as it will form an ulcer or growth which is not going away and is growing in size. So it is not a subtle finding that anyone can miss. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are the risks of having oral sex with someone who just found out she might have the cancerous kind of HPV . Will this give me throat cancer ?
Hard to say: This is an uncommon cancer but it does occur and the same strains are involved. Your risk would depend on whether she was actively shedding virus at the time of exposure, which is hard to predict. If you acquire the virus in your throat it would take years to evolve into a cancer, if it did at all. ...Read more
What are the chances of getting oral HPV or warts, or rrp from giving unprotected oral sex to a female. I have heard it was rare from some other docs.
Not impossible: While I do agree it is rare it could be possible. I would see a doctor if you are nervous and get checked out. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Low: It is rare for a 21 year old smoker to have oral cancer but the risk rises as you get older and continue to smoke or use chewing tobacco! another cause of oral cancer in young people is human papilloma virus transmitted thru oral sex. I have treated non smoking patients in their early 30s for tongue and throat cancers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No sure-fire signs: Oral cancer takes many different forms and identifying it is not always easy and requires professional examination. Many forms of oral cancer are visually indistinguishable from other less dangerous lesions and may require biopsy to identify. Have an examination by your dentist and share your concerns. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Probably little if any increased risk if your mom didn't have uterine or colon cancer. If she had uterine ca diagnosed <45 yrs of age there's increased risk. Roughly 2% of newly diagnosed uterine ca patients have mutation for lynch syndrome which is inherited condition with a high risk for colon ca. The symptom to be aware of is post-menopausal bleeding. This should always be checked by your md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have Morsicatio buccarum and occasionally it causes ulcers. Am I at risk of oral cancer in the future?
Ulcers, hoarseness.: There are some key symptoms. Oral/mouth cancers can have nonhealing ulcers that can be painful. Oropharyngeal lesions can have sore throat, otalgia. Laryngeal cancers can have hoarseness as an early sign. A lump/mass may also be a sign, but it may be something else. One must note that these cancers are in people over 50 and those who use a lot of alcohol and tobacco, including smokeless. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Generally great: The worst kind of thyroid cancer is anaplastic-- the survival is short, usually months. For all other kinds, as long as the thyroid cancer hasn't spread to other organs, the survival is very favorable. Most patients end up dying *with* thyroid cancer, and not *from* thyroid cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Risk factors: There are many risk factors for oral cancer. Oral sex is only risky if your partner has hpv - so getting the hpv vaccine is believed to be protective against that cause of oral cancer. Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption and poor oral hygiene are leading risk factors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very low: Cancer takes time to develop. Most cancers develop over 10 years or more, which is why most forms of cancer are quite rare in young people. To prevent cancer from developing you can: 1) avoid smoking, 2) eat a healthy diet with a variety of fruits and vegetables, 3) maintain an active lifestyle and healthy body weight. If you are doing these things, you are doing just about all you can. ...Read more
Very low: Smoking, chewing tobacco and drinking alcohol can lead to oral cancer. A recent study showed that over 90% of oral cancers were associated with combining heavy smoking and heavy drinking while a virus is also suspected in oral cancer, the risk is very low in non drinkers and non smokers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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