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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.

The earlier throat cancer is diagnosed, the better the prospect of recovery. The symptoms of throat cancer are often confused with less serious conditions. Listed below are some common symptoms you may notice:

  • A hoarseness or other unusual changes in the voice
  • A lump on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat
  • A sore on the lip or inside the mouth that does not heal for weeks
  • A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, or the lining in the mouth
  • Unexplained pain, bleeding, or numbness inside the mouth
  • A sore throat that persist even with antibiotics
  • Experiencing pain or difficulty in chewing or swallowing
  • Pain or swelling of the jaw
  • A persistent cough
  • Cough up blood
  • Pain or swelling of the neck
  • A continual earache
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Abnormal (high-pitched) breathing sounds

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.

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