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Three different types of throat cancer and their symptoms

by , 01 September 2017
Three different types of throat cancer and their symptoms
Throat cancer is a type of head and neck cancer that becomes more common with age and is more common in man than in woman. There are three areas of your throat that throat cancer can affect: Your larynx, the area of your throat used for speaking; your nasopharynx, the area of your throat just behind your nose; or your oropharynx, the middle part of your throat.

Throat cancer symptoms vary depending on the location of the cancer, but usually include trouble swallowing or breathing, pain in the throat or ears and changes in voice. If you experience any of the symptoms below, see your doctor immediately for a head, neck and throat examination as well as scans or biopsies to determine if you have throat cancer…

Symptoms of the three different types of throat cancer

#1: Laryngeal cancer
Your larynx is located between the base of your tongue and your trachea. It helps with swallowing, breathing and, of course, talking. Symptoms of laryngeal cancer include:
  • Trouble swallowing;
  • A lump in your throat or neck;
  • Ear pain;
  • A persistent sore throat or cough; and
  • Changes in voice.

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#2: Nasopharyngeal cancer
Your nasopharynx is the upper part of your throat, just behind your nose. Your nostrils and ears both lead to your nasopharynx. Symptoms of nasopharyngeal cancer include:
  • Trouble breathing or speaking;
  • A lump in your nose or neck;
  • Pain or ringing in your ear;
  • A sore throat;
  • Regular nosebleeds; and
  • Constant headaches.
 
#3: Oropharyngeal cancer
Your oropharynx is dead in the centre of your throat and includes the side and back walls of your throat, your soft palate, the base of your tongue and your tonsils. The biggest risk factors for this type of throat cancer include smoking or chewing tobacco, excessive alcohol consumption and the human papillomavirus (HPV). Symptoms of oropharyngeal cancer include:
  • A persistent sore throat or cough;
  • Trouble swallowing;
  • Unexplained weight loss;
  • Changes in voice;
  • Bad ear pain; and
  • Dull pain behind your breastbone.
 
Make sure you familiarise with these symptoms of throat cancer.

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