What You Need to Know About Throat Cancer
Throat cancer can occur in the voice box, the back of the mouth, or behind the nose. When caught early, the prognosis is generally good. Compared to other cancers, throat cancer is relatively uncommon, but some people are more at risk.
What Does Throat Cancer Feel Like In the Beginning?
Throat cancer can grow very quickly, so if you are concerned, you should schedule a visit to be evaluated. Getting treatment early improves your odds of better outcomes.
The most common early symptom is a persistent sore throat.
Some symptoms of throat cancer are:
- Changes in your voice or ability to swallow
- Sore throat lasting weeks
- Persistent cough
- Difficulty breathing
- Lumps in the neck or throat
- Unexpected weight loss
- Swelling in the face or nose
Some patients also get headaches, pain in their jaw, or earaches.
I have a lump on my throat that hurts. Is it cancer?
A lump in the throat can be a sign of throat cancer, and the same is true of a persistent sore throat, though these can also be signs of other health issues. If you have either, it’s best to come in and see us. We will give you a thorough evaluation and, if necessary, do additional tests, including: