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Cancer Or Am I Just Paranoid - 19 year old, 2 years smoking

Hey I am a 19 year old male. I've been smoking cigarettes for about 2 years now and am trying to quit and have also been smoking marijuana but for a longer period of time, about 3 years. I used to drink heavily but have reduced my alcohol intake almost to none. About a month ago I started getting pains on the left side of my throat, right beside the Adam's Apple, and in my left ear. I have red spots on my tonsils and a mild cough. My doctor said it is just an infection and prescribed antibiotics but those have not seemed to help my problem. I visited my dentist about the lesion in my mouth and he said that I have an impacted wisdom tooth that needs removal. But, however, he also said that the throat and ear pain is not associated with the tooth. I am beginning to get worried that this may be some sort of a head and neck cancer because these symptoms are and can be associated with cancer of the head and neck. Is it possible for a 19 year old to get cancer after smoking cigs for only 2 years? Or am i just paranoid? I am going to ask my doctor to refer me to a ear, nose, and throat specialist but if anyone can help, please do. thanks
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replied September 20th, 2007
The throat and ear pain may just be caused by your wisdom teeth. I don't know why a dentist would tell you that it couldn't be.

Do a Google search for "dental referred pain" and you'll find a whole host of information.

Oh...and quit smoking. If lung cancer doesn't scare you, then perhaps pancreatic cancer will!
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replied September 20th, 2007
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Peale is right. Those pains more than likely are caused by your wisdom teeth and it is the right timing for your wisdom teeth to be active.

Stop smoking. You'll be amazed how your cough will go away. Its like magic Smile

19 also seems to be an age where you start to worry about all sorts of things. Like mortality. Everything is not going to be deadly. And everything is not going to be cancer. It could be something simple like an infection. If the antibiotics did not work, tell your doctor. Maybe you need something stronger.
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replied September 20th, 2007
Just don't go on Cipro, levaquin or other quinolone antibiotics.
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replied October 10th, 2007
I Have a Lump
I have a lump at the back of my throat about an inch away from my toncil. It is perfectly round about 3mm in size and yellow\whitish. It moves around beneaf the skin and I have had it there now for 8 weeks and not a single chnage in size and is not painful. Anyone have any ideas what this could at all be.
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replied October 10th, 2007
Peale wrote:
Just don't go on Cipro, levaquin or other quinolone antibiotics.


I had several sites referenced after this post, but someone flagged them as 'advertisements' and I don't know why, they were reference sites.

*sigh* just search on Google for 'fluoroquinolone' and look for the third link down, the fq research site.
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replied October 10th, 2007
Re: I Have a Lump
boilies wrote:
I have a lump at the back of my throat about an inch away from my toncil. It is perfectly round about 3mm in size and yellow\whitish. It moves around beneaf the skin and I have had it there now for 8 weeks and not a single chnage in size and is not painful. Anyone have any ideas what this could at all be.


Sounds like something I had once. Some kind of pus pocket on my tonsil. I eventually took a sterilized pin and lanced it.

This may or may not be what you have. See a doctor.
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