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Throat Cancer Causes & Risks

Causes

Unknown

Risk Factors

These risk factors increase your chance of developing throat cancer. Tell your doctor if you have any of these risk factors:

  • Age: 40 or older
  • Sex: male
  • Smoking or use of any tobacco products (such as chewing, snuffing)
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Family history and genetic predisposition
  • Vitamin A deficiency
  • Diet low in fruits and vegetables
  • Suppressed immune system
  • Infections caused by certain viruses such as:
  • Radiation exposure
  • Excess consumption of cured meats or fish
  • Marijuana use
  • Exposure to certain materials such as in:
    • Nickel refining
    • Woodworking
    • Working with textile fibers

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2020 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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