Signs and Symptoms of Throat Cancer

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Throat cancer is a type of head and neck cancer that usually starts in the throat (pharynx) or voice box (larynx). In most cases, cancer cells start to grow in the upper part of the throat near the nose (nasopharynx), the middle part of the throat near the back of the mouth (oropharynx), or the lower part of the throat (hypopharynx).

Throat cancer is a type of head and neck cancer that usually starts in the throat (pharynx) or voice box (larynx). In most cases, cancer cells start to grow in the upper part of the throat near the nose (nasopharynx), the middle part of the throat near the back of the mouth (oropharynx), or the lower part of the throat (hypopharynx).1

Most people receive a diagnosis for throat cancer when they develop symptoms. It’s worth noting that throat cancer does not often cause symptoms in the early stages. Symptoms in the later stages may include a persistent sore throat, coughing, hoarse voice, and ear pain. Once throat cancer spreads to the lymph nodes, you may feel a lump or mass in your neck.2

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Risk factors for throat cancer include smoking tobacco, heavy alcohol use, and human papillomavirus (HPV). If you’re experiencing symptoms, contact a healthcare provider so you can receive treatment early.

Early Symptoms
Many people with throat cancer do not experience symptoms in the early stages. Cancer that starts in the pharynx does not usually cause symptoms until the cancer has spread to nearby areas such as the lymph nodes.

Throat cancer that starts in the voice box (larynx) affects how your voice sounds. If you do experience early signs, you might notice a hoarse voice. That is because a throat cancer tumor affects the vocal cords and changes how you sound.4 If you develop voice changes that last longer than two weeks, it’s a good idea to contact your healthcare provider.

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Progressive Symptoms
Cancer that starts in the pharynx will not likely cause symptoms until the condition has progressed. Progressive symptoms of throat cancer may include:1

Coughing
Persistent sore throat
Difficulty or pain while swallowing
Ear pain
Ringing in the ears
Trouble breathing

If throat cancer starts in your pharynx, it may cause a hoarse voice once it spreads to the vocal cords.

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