Laryngeal cancer

Larynx or laryngeal cancer is sometimes known as throat cancer.

A hoarse or changing voice for 3 weeks or more could be an early sign of throat cancer. Finding it early makes it treatable and could save your life.

Symptoms of throat cancer can include:

  • Hoarseness, sore throat or a change in your voice.
  • Difficulty in swallowing. This can vary from a feeling that there is a crumb stuck in your throat to being completely unable to swallow food.
  • A cough and shortness of breath.
  • The feeling that there is a lump in your throat.
  • Rapid weight loss.

When to seek medical advice

If you have had any of the symptoms listed above for 3 weeks or more, you should visit your doctor. Finding throat cancer early makes it treatable and could save your life. Your doctor will give you a quick check over and refer you on for further tests within 2 weeks if required.

 

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