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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. Liawaty Ho
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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


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What should I be looking for if I am looking for throat cancer?

What should I be looking for if I am looking for throat cancer?

Blood: Throat cancer can be silent or produce symptoms. Cough with blood, difficulty swallowing, enlarged neck lymph nodes, hoarseness are a few. Sometimes a barium swallow can be helpful, but an exam with a nasolaryngoscope by an ENT doctor is very beneficial. ...Read more

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What kind of pain does throat cancer feel like?

Throat cancer: Depending on the location of the cancer, it can be painless, or it can cause ear or neck discomfort. There can be a feeling of something stuck in your throat. Most are painless. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to have throat cancer?

Depends: Tonsil, tongue, supraglottic larynx, larynx, pharyngeal wall, pyriform sinus, etc are all sites often bundled together unfortunately into "throat" cancer. Different sites can have different issues. Difficulties in taste, dentition, chewing, w/ food types (solid, acidic, spicy, carbonated), reflux, ear pain, change in smell/taste can be seen. ...Read more

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Can you gp be accurate if he gives you a exam looking in your throat and feeling around you havent got throat cancer what percent thanks dr?

Can you gp be accurate if he gives you a exam looking in your throat and feeling around you havent got throat cancer what percent thanks dr?

Not complete: If you have risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol use along with symptoms of lump sensation in throat, hoarseness, food sticking, soreness, bleeding, you should see an otolaryngologist to evaluate your throat with a flexible scope in the office. ...Read more

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36 years old difficulty sawllowing. Feels like something in throat all the time. No problem eating / drinking. No noted throat cancer or pulps in family history, alcholics in family, drink on weekends every weekend light beer, not a lot. Noticed difficult

36 years old difficulty sawllowing. Feels like something in throat all the time. No problem eating / drinking. No noted throat cancer or pulps in family history, alcholics in family, drink on weekends every weekend light beer, not a lot. Noticed difficult

See your doctor: Difficulty swallowing is always a serious symptom of something obstructing the pharynx or esophagus or stomach. It is not likely that social use of alcohol plays any role and i would be more interested in your smoking history. Your doctor needs to examine your mouth and throat, and may need to do a barium swallow x-ray or have an ENT doctor take a look down there. ...Read more

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Can a doctor see throat cancer by looking in the throat and feeling the neck area?

Can a doctor see throat cancer by looking in the throat and feeling the neck area?

Probably: Most cancers of the head and neck are visible or can be felt with a thorough evaluation. Some are not, however these are the exception. A good examination will identify most cancers if they exist. See your ENT doc is you are concerned about cancer. Smoking and excessive alcohol ingestion are risk factors. The hpv virus has been linked to oropharyngeal cancers as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...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