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How can a 14 year old teen develope throat cancer?
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Ben Ferguson
Surgery
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In brief: It's rare.
Throat cancer is very rare in teenagers.
The most common age of throat cancer patients is 50-70 years. However, certain risk factors, such as smoking, alcohol use, gastroesophageal reflux, and exposure to chemicals, can promote earlier development.

In brief: It's rare.
Throat cancer is very rare in teenagers.
The most common age of throat cancer patients is 50-70 years. However, certain risk factors, such as smoking, alcohol use, gastroesophageal reflux, and exposure to chemicals, can promote earlier development.
Ben Ferguson
Ben Ferguson
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
EBV can cause nasopharyngeal cancer in young persons. It is common in some parts of asia.
Dr. James Sidman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
In brief: Rare but it happens
Airway papillomas, certain genetic dispositions, previous radiation therapy, and plain bad luck can cause throat cancer in a teenager. It does happen.

In brief: Rare but it happens
Airway papillomas, certain genetic dispositions, previous radiation therapy, and plain bad luck can cause throat cancer in a teenager. It does happen.
Dr. James Sidman
Dr. James Sidman
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In brief: Genetics
Pediatric patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx may have had radiation to the neck for another reason, or be part of an inherited risk group.
Here is an abstract citation if you are interested: mod pathol 1999;12:130a(760).

In brief: Genetics
Pediatric patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx may have had radiation to the neck for another reason, or be part of an inherited risk group.
Here is an abstract citation if you are interested: mod pathol 1999;12:130a(760).
Dr. Lester Thompson
Dr. Lester Thompson
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