What are the chances I've got some sort of cancer?
Alright guys. Let me first say that I get really nervous about cancer and stuff like that, and whenever I get a symptom that seems a little bit different than normal, I try looking it up on Google and "find out" I've got cancer. I'm a hypochondriac for sure. Maybe you guys can help with this one.
I'm a male, 21 years old. I've never smoked, drank, or had any type of drug. I am exposed to second-hand smoke sometimes, because my uncle smokes in the garage... but it's not much in my opinion. I work at a machine shop (have for two years) and there are some chemicals in there that I should undoubtedly try to avoid. Hopefully I won't have to work there much longer.
Last year I had ear infections in both ears. After the pain went away with the help of antibiotics, my ears have always felt in the morning like there's water trapped in them. The doctor just told me it might take a while for the water to drain out. It's been a long time, and it's still going on.
The main question now though is this: I've had a sore throat for about 2 weeks. I don't have a cough, really, just a dull pain in my throat under my Adam's apple. I only really feel it when breathing. When I exercise, it is even more obvious, but I don't think I'm at a loss of breath or anything like that. Really my only symptom seems to be dull pain, and clearing my throat either because I'm thinking about it too much or because it needs to be cleared.
Do I have anything SERIOUS to worry about, or is this likely just something minor? One other thing is that I've been eating a lot more fish lately but I doubt if I've gone too far over my mercury allowance.
Tell me I don't have lung/throat cancer, I'll be the happiest kid in the world!
Sore throat for 2 weeks is a short duration of symptoms and does not categorize as a risk factor for malignancy. This sounds more like a regular throat infection/ inflammation. You may consider an evaluation by an ENT doctor for the stuffy feeling in your ears as well as the throat irritation.
Hope this is helpful.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.