Throat Cancer Symptoms: Do you Still Smoke?

By: Maria Markella

Throat cancer affects many areas of the throat like the vocal cords or the larynx. Throat cancer usually affects men. If you smoke or drink a lot of alcohol then you are at great risk. If you combine smoking and drinking alcohol then the risk for throat cancer symptoms to appear is extreme.

Most throat cancer symptoms usually develop in middleaged people older than 50.

The most researched and significant symptoms are:

- Hoarseness encountered for more than 1-2 weeks
- Soar throat encountered for more than 1-2 weeks
- Pain in your neck
- Swallowing difficulties
- Any kind of swellings in your neck
- Unexpected weight loss
- Lasting cough
- Coughing blood
- Change in your voice tone
- Difficulty in breathing

..and the list goes on. That was just the most importand throat cancer symptoms.

The good news is that throat cancer symptoms can be treated succesfully if detected early. The treatment aims at the destruction of the affected throat cells before cancer is spreaded to other parts of your body.

If you are a heavy smoker or drinker it is highly recommended that you visit a doctor every now and then to perform regular tests. Especially if you encounter throat cancer symptoms like hoarseness or change in your voice tone for more than a week or two.

Don't want to visit your doctor?

Here are some of the heavy throat cancer symptoms that may appear as throat cancer grows:

- Great breathing difficulties
- Loss of speaking and voice
- Disfigurement of your face
- Deformity of your skin
- Great swallowing difficulties (many patients cannot eat so they are fed through a feeding tube)

..and the worse thing that can happen is when cancer spreads to other parts of your body. In that case you really can't cure the symptoms easily.

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