Throat Cancer Symptoms : Laryngeal Cancer Symptoms : Larynx Cancer Symptoms : Vocal Cord Cancer SymptomsWhat are the symptoms of throat cancer or larynx cancer?
The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of throat cancer. The alternative names for throat cancer are: vocal cord cancer, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the glottis, or cancer of the pharynx. The risks of developing throat cancer increased if you are a frequent user of alcohol, cigarettes, and chewing tobacco. Cancer of the throat involves tumors on the tonsils, vocal cords, voice box (larynx) and at the base of the tongue.
Following are the potential throat cancer symptoms / larynx cancer symptoms:
- The symptoms of cancer of the larynx (laryngeal cancer symptoms) depend mainly on the size and location of the tumor. Most cancers of the larynx begin on the vocal cords. These tumors are seldom painful, but they almost always cause hoarseness or other changes in the voice. Tumors in the area above the vocal cords may cause a lump on the neck, a sore throat, or an earache. Tumors that begin in the area below the vocal cords are rare. They can make it hard to breathe, and breathing may be noisy.
- A sore throat that does not go away after four weeksor pain or difficulty swallowing that persists for four weeks or more may be a symptom of throat cancer. A cough that doesn't go away or the feeling of a lump in the throat may also be warning signs of cancer of the larynx. As the tumor grows, it may cause pain, weight loss, bad breath, and frequent choking on food. In some cases, a tumor in the larynx can make it hard to swallow.
- A lump on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat or sore on the lip or inside the mouth that does not heal for weeks is a potential laryngeal cancer symptom.
If you experience any of the above throat cancer symptoms it is advised that you see your healthcare provider for a more thorough check so the proper diagnose and treatment can be apply. The earlier throat cancer is diagnosed, the better the prospect of recovery. The symptoms of throat cancer are often confused with less serious conditions.
Summary of throat cancer symptoms
- Hoarseness or other unusual changes in the voice.
- Persistent cough.
- Lump on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat.
- Sore on the lip or inside the mouth that does not heal for weeks.
- White or red patch on the gums, tongue, or the lining in the mouth.
- painless lump in the mouth or throat, especially if it bleeds.
- Unexplained pain, bleeding, or numbness inside the mouth.
- Experiencing pain or difficulty in chewing or swallowing.
- Pain or swelling of the jaw.
- Pain or swelling of the neck.
- Abnormal (high-pitched) breathing sounds.
- Weight loss.
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