Detecting throat cancer can be very difficult because the symptoms in the early stage are not so obvious and mimic other conditions of the upper respiratory tract. This article will give you a detailed description of throat cancer and the early signs and symptoms.
Symptoms of Throat Cancer
The first sign of throat cancer is the change in the voice because of the cancer that has formed in the vocal cords. People are supposed to consult a doctor if the change in the voice or hoarseness is longer than two weeks. This early sign should not be ignored.
If the cancer doesn’t form in the vocal cords, this sign would not appear in the early stage.
Throat Cancer Signs
As we noted above, the early signs of throat cancer can be similar to other mouth or throat diseases. However do not ignore any signs and consult a doctor and even investigative test is recommended.
Some of the early signs of throat cancer are:
– Sore throat
– Change of voice
– Long-term cough (sometimes with blood)
– Pain in the ears
– Sudden weight loss
Some of the common symptoms of throat cancer are:
– Throat and ear pain
– Hard to swallow anything
– Difficult to breath
– Swollen lymph glands
– A swelling or lump in the throat: a small knot like bump can be felt inside the throat
– A persistent cough: a long- term cough which sometimes contain blood in it
– The feeling of something enduringly stuck in the throat
– Gastrointestinal disorders, such as excessive reflux, diarrhea or constipation.
What is important to note is that the symptoms of throat cancer in men can be different from the symptoms in women, and routine checkups are necessary.
The regular checkups help in diagnosing diseases at the early stage, and getting an effective treatment.