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Why is tonsil cancer so rare?
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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
In brief: We don't know
Some cancers are common, and others very rare.
We do not always know why.

In brief: We don't know
Some cancers are common, and others very rare.
We do not always know why.
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice
In brief: Tonsil CA increasing
Tonsil cancer is rare : <0.
5% of all cancers but occurs mainly in smokers/drinkers. The number of cases worldwide have been increasing, possibly linked to the hpv-16 virus. Most tonsil cancers are (hnscc) -head/neck squamous cell carcinoma but a minority are lymphomas (tonsils are lymphoid tissue) smokers need a thorough oral exam yearly.

In brief: Tonsil CA increasing
Tonsil cancer is rare : <0.
5% of all cancers but occurs mainly in smokers/drinkers. The number of cases worldwide have been increasing, possibly linked to the hpv-16 virus. Most tonsil cancers are (hnscc) -head/neck squamous cell carcinoma but a minority are lymphomas (tonsils are lymphoid tissue) smokers need a thorough oral exam yearly.
Dr. Allen Seely
Dr. Allen Seely
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