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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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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

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What are the odds I have oral or throat cancer?

What are the odds I have oral or throat cancer?

Low: You have not provided much information. Age, use of tobacco and alcohol, oral hygiene, hpv infection, oral plaques or ulcers, any mass or lump? If you do not use tobacco or drink, the risk of oral or throat cancer is very low. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the odds of a teen developing throat cancer?

Doctors, what are the odds of a teen developing throat cancer?

Pretty unlikely: Pretty unlikely for a true head and neck cancer. There are some pediatric cancers that can develop in the head and neck, but rare at that age. Would see your pcp or an ENT to have them first evaluate. Many other things can cause weird throat symptoms. ...Read more

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Can teenagers get oral or throat cancer?

Can teenagers get oral or throat cancer?

Yes: It is possible for anyone to get anything. This risk of this happning is extremly small, but it is possible. ...Read more

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28 yrs old smoked 1/2 to 1 pack a day for 13 yrs quit 5 months ago what is the likelyhood of me developing lung, oral, or throat cancer etc?

28 yrs old smoked 1/2 to 1 pack a day for 13 yrs quit 5 months ago what is the likelyhood of me developing lung, oral, or throat cancer etc?

Low: I'm very glad you stopped. With fewer than ten pack years, your risk for lung, mouth and throat cancer is well above that of your never-smoking peers, but is still relatively low. Just make sure you never resume this habit, and go through life as if you expect to be healthy and happy -- guessing odds does no good. ...Read more

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Can oral sex lead to throat cancer?

Can oral sex lead to throat cancer?

Possibly: Hpv, also known as human papilloma virus can cause genital warts. If you give oral sex to a penis that has the hpv infection, it is possible to get oral or throat cancer. Fortunately, saliva can help prevent the transmission of the virus, but saliva is by no means a perfect barrier. You need to be careful. ...Read more

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Does oral sex cause throat cancer? How to avoid that?

Does oral sex cause throat cancer? How to avoid that?

In a word... yes: Oral sex can lead to throat cancer, does this by infection with HPV (Human papillomavirus). There are only a couple of strains that do this, however, and it is fairly rare. Best way to protect against it is not to have oral sex with multiple partners - this increases your risk of coming into contact with the "right" strain and causing throat cancer. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Austina Cho
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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