10 Common Throat Cancer Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore
Cancer is abnormal multiplication and division of cells. These cells become malignant and form tumour cells. Throat cancer includes many different types of cancer under the head and neck umbrella. Throat cancer is relatively uncommon as compared to other cancers. The most common types of throat cancer are Laryngeal cancer and pharyngeal cancer. Pharyngeal cancer is of three types: 1. Nasopharynx - Forms upper part of the throat 2. Oropharynx - Forms middle part of the throat 3. Hypopharynx - Forms bottom part of the throat Laryngeal cancer refers to cancer that forms in the larynx, also known as the voice box. These cancers are further of two main types: 1. Squamous cell carcinoma: these are basically flat cells that line the throat. 2. Adenocarcinoma: These are glandular cells of the throat. Throat cancer is relatively uncommon when compared to other cancers. Let’s check out the causes The exact cause of cancer cells is not known. It is seen that the cancer cells have a different and damaged gene which alters the function of the cell. Due to this alteration, the cell behaves abnormally. Few reasons which could increase the risk of throat cancers are: 1. Poor dental care: There are many of us who ignore taking good health of our mouth. Do not let it be non-functional for a longer period of time. Make use of it very often and also use good cleansers to clean your mouth and also your teeth 2. Vit A deficiency: It is seen that people who suffer from throat cancer are deficient of Vit A. So to rule out this risk, make sure you have good levels of Vit A. 3. Smoking: It is very much known that cigarettes have carcinogens which lead to oral cancer. 4. Asbestos exposure: Asbestos is a fibrous material which is used in the construction of buildings. The body has significant difficulty expelling these fibers, which can trigger more than a dozen health complications, including cancer. It often takes decades, but asbestos fibers are very harmful. 5. Excess alcohol consumption 6. Use of Tobacco 7. Human papillomavirus (HPV) Infection: This infection increases risk of oropharyngeal cancer 8. Oropharyngeal cancer: It spreads through saliva. Increases risk of throat cancer 9. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): Chronic GERD results in throat cancer. It depends on the severity and frequency of the acid reflux. 10 Throat cancer symptoms you shouldn’t ignore 1. A change in your voice, hoarseness If you feel there is some change is voice or talking is getting difficult do ask your doctor for help. 2. Trouble swallowing If you feel swallowing of food is difficult, it is time to screen your throat and find out the problem 3. Unexplained weight loss If suddenly you start losing weight without following a restrictive diet. Don’t be happy. Find an explanation for the weight loss. 4. Sore throat If your throat is always troubling, please approach an ENT specialist who can tell you what is the exact issue. 5. Constant need to clear your throat If you feel any lump or something is obstructing your throat and you have to continuously keep it clearing. This is not common. Please seek help 6. Persistent cough Coughs due to some infection or weather change is common. But if you have a chronic cough with no reason, please get yourself diagnosed. 7. Swollen lymph nodes in the neck This is a big symptom for you to approach your ENT specialist and discuss it. 8. Swelling of the eyes, jaw, throat or neck Swelling in these areas is not common. So do not ignore such swellings. 9. Ear pain Many of us do not connect ear pain with some problem in the throat. But ear pain is also one of the biggest symptoms of throat cancer 10. Bleeding in the mouth or through the nose Above symptoms are common which we usually ignored. But if the problem stays more than 1 weeks make sure you visit your family doctor and discuss with him the further line of treatment. As we know there are still chances to treat cancer completely if it is diagnosed at early stage. So do not mislead yourself with your own diagnosis. Let the specialist do their job. Download the Grow Fit app on Google Play or App Store today for a free consultation with our specialists.
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