Cancers of the thyroid gland, larynx, esophagus or trachea are called throat cancers.
But “throat cancer” is not a diagnosis, so you would never hear a doctor use that phrase. Symptoms of cancer can affect different parts of the neck and head, so if you have any symptoms in this area, you should see a doctor immediately.
If you are worried about symptoms affecting your throat, your doctor may want to examine if you have any other symptoms of throat cancer.
The larynx, commonly known as the special larynx, is located above the larynx and in front of the esophagus.
What are the early signs of laryngeal cancer?
The most common symptom of laryngeal cancer is pain and a hoarse voice that lasts for more than three weeks.
The NHS says that if you have a hoarse voice for more than three weeks, you should contact your GP.
Other symptoms you may notice in your throat:
– Change in your voice
Pain or difficulty swallowing
A lump or swelling in your neck
Chronic cough or shortness of breath
Persistent sore throat or earache
– High pitch whistle noise while breathing
If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor to find the root cause.
However, these symptoms may be related to a less serious condition such as laryngitis, but early detection of cancer gives the patient a better chance of overcoming it.
What causes laryngeal cancer?
It is believed to increase the risk of throat cancer:
– Drink plenty of alcohol
Family history of laryngeal cancer
Eating an unhealthy diet low in fruits and vegetables
Exposure to certain chemicals such as asbestos or coal dust
This type of cancer is more common in people over 60 years of age.
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