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I've had my question answered except one part what are the realistic chances of throat cancer in 20s?
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Nicole Bressler
Emergency Medicine
10 doctors agree
In brief: Not too high
Chances of having throat cancer are not too high unless you are a smoker. Smoking greatly increases the risk of cancer. If you don't smoke & have acid reflux (you may not even know you have it) it can lead to barrett's esophagus, which is a precancerous condition.
However, only about 1% of barretts will progress to cancer. Keep in mind, cancer risks do not always follow stats. See dr if concerned.

In brief: Not too high
Chances of having throat cancer are not too high unless you are a smoker. Smoking greatly increases the risk of cancer. If you don't smoke & have acid reflux (you may not even know you have it) it can lead to barrett's esophagus, which is a precancerous condition.
However, only about 1% of barretts will progress to cancer. Keep in mind, cancer risks do not always follow stats. See dr if concerned.
Nicole Bressler
Nicole Bressler
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Dr. Farhad Sigari
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
9 doctors agree
In brief: HPV
Although i agree with the other answers, in the last 5-10 years hpv has become a major contributor to throat cancer.
Throat cancer related to hpv can occur at an early age and is not related to smoking or drinking. If you are at high risk for hpv and have concerns for possible throat cancer, you should be evaluated by an ent.

In brief: HPV
Although i agree with the other answers, in the last 5-10 years hpv has become a major contributor to throat cancer.
Throat cancer related to hpv can occur at an early age and is not related to smoking or drinking. If you are at high risk for hpv and have concerns for possible throat cancer, you should be evaluated by an ent.
Dr. Farhad Sigari
Dr. Farhad Sigari
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Dr. Larry Armstrong
There are some recent studies released from Ohio State University stating the very thing Dr. Sigari is talking about. For more info, look these up.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Unlikely
Throat cancer is most common from continued smoking augmented by heavy drinking.
This is a length of time and exposure issue and if you are in your 20s have had a short exposure at worst. If you smoke or drink heavily, this is a good time to reconsider.

In brief: Unlikely
Throat cancer is most common from continued smoking augmented by heavy drinking.
This is a length of time and exposure issue and if you are in your 20s have had a short exposure at worst. If you smoke or drink heavily, this is a good time to reconsider.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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