Throat Cancer Symptoms
Throat cancer symptoms include difficulty swallowing or a feeling that something is stuck in the back of the throat. Hoarseness that does not go away or seems to have no other cause and also a change in the voice are other throat cancer symptoms. Other throat cancer symptoms include pain or lumps in the neck. There is no difference between symptoms of throat cancer in women or in men. Although throat cancer is not one of the more common cancers, men should be particularly vigilant for throat cancer symptoms. Men are three to five times more likely to develop this type of cancer. Mouth cancer symptoms include lumps, mouth sores that do not heal, loosening of the teeth, a change in the way dentures fit, bleeding, erosions and rough spots. About 123,000 people worldwide develop oral cancer each year. More than half will die from the disease.
Throat cancer causes are the same as all oral cancer causes. Smoking greatly increases the risk of developing cancer of the mouth, lips and throat. Excessive use of alcohol, especially binge drinking, also increases the risk of developing this type of cancer. The risk of developing cancer of the lips is increased by unprotected exposure to the sun. At your regular dental exams, the dentist will routinely screen you for symptoms of oral cancer. If an abnormality or suspicious area is found, the dentist will do a brush biopsy. This procedure is painless. In some cases, the dentist will need to use a scalpel to remove a small sample of tissue that will be evaluated in the laboratory. As with all cancers, the sooner oral cancer is diagnosed, the better the prognosis for a cure. If you do not have regular dental examinations and especially if you have risk factors for developing oral cancer, you should be on the lookout for these symptoms.