Cancer (Malignant tumor) is a group of diseases when cells start to grow uncontrollably with the potential to enter or spread to other parts of the human body.
Cancer is a combination of more than 100 different conditions. It can expand almost everywhere in the body.
There are a wide variety of cancers to watch out for, but we want to discuss – throat cancer.
Throat cancer is a generic term that means several different types of cancer in different parts of the throat and mouth. It develops when abnormal cells grow out of control in the throat, larynx (voice box) or tonsils and form tumors.
Since this cancer in the mouth gives less pain diagnosis can get delayed.
You can be at risk for developing throat cancer if you
- Chew or smoke tobacco, marihuana
- Taking excessive alcohol drinks
- Have a sexually transmitted disease such as a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV).
- A diet lacking in fruits and vegetables
- The age of 65 and gender male
- Suffering gastroesophageal reflux disease for many years.
Here are some significant symptoms you should not take for granted
1. Changes in your voice
If you mark changes in your voice, such as hoarseness or not speaking clearly for more than one month, this could be an early sign of a throat cancer development.
Mostly people not paying attention to hoarseness, thinking is a cold drink cause it. But if it continues for a month or more, please visit your family doctor.
2. Difficulty swallowing
Difficulty swallowing – dysphagia is another medical name for this condition.
People who have a troublesome time swallowing may choke on their food or liquid when trying to eat. This condition may be temporary and go, but if it’s disturbing you often, please meet your doctor.
3. Sore throat, persistent cough, bleeding in mouth and throat
If you are a smoker and your gender male and you notice, you feel the need to clear your throat persistently. It can be an early sign of developing throat cancer.
4. Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
Lymph nodes become swollen in answer to illness, infection, or stress.
Consult your doctor if you’re concerned or if your swollen lymph nodes have arisen for no apparent reason. Proceed to arise or have been existing for four to six weeks. Feel hard, reddish, skin changes, or don’t move when you push on them.
5. Unexplained weight loss
Everyone knows that obesity or excess fat is not good. But if you are not performing anything to reduce your weight (dieting, exercises), and notice you are losing your weight. There is nothing to be happy about.
Especially if you are in a group of risk factors for developing cancer that we write before, please visit your family doctor.
6. Neck lump
Bacterial or viral infections can cause the most typical lumps.
Neck lump doesn’t mean person get cancer. But for smokers and adult men, the chance that a neck lump is malignant increases after the age of 65.
There are many more different changes, signs, and discomforts in your body, and it does not mean cancer developing in the body.
But please be aware of your health.
Listening to your body signs and regular check-up of your health can save your life.