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How can I tell if I have throat cancer

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Obvious lesion: Any mass in the throat needs to be seen. A clear white or red patch that lasts more than 2 weeks or that you just discovered and doesn't hurt needs to... Read More

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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymundo Romero
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
TOO YOUNG BUT . . .: If there are any concerns about changes in your throat, best option is to see an ENT and him decide if a laryngoscopy is indicated.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
MD: You need to see a doctor, preferably an ENT (although your family doc or dentist may be able to initiate the work up). This is more important if you ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Several: There are any number of symptoms and not all are necessarily present at one time: difficulty or painful swallowing, mass in the throat, neck mass, bl... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sxs: Symptoms of throat cancer can include sore throat, coughing, hoarseness, ear pain, problems swallowing & a mass/ lesion that isn’t healing. Fatigue ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
It is treatable: Throat cancer has fairly good treatment. If caught early it is curable. But if it is very advanced and not treated in a timely fashion it can become a... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Uncommon, but possib: Throat cancer commonly affects adults but anyone of age bove 20 years can have any of the common cancers.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Uma Swamy
Radiation Oncology 16 years experience
Depends: Some cancers can be symptomatic early while others are not. Here is a good overview of symptoms for head/neck cancer (aka throat cancer): http://ww... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Morton Levitt
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GERD or Throat Cance: Need more specific details. If your voice has become "hoarse, " this might point more to a throat problem. Unexplained weight loss would be another wo... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
I can't state that..: ...You "obviously" have no cancer, though i truly hope you don't . You should strongly consider visiting an ENT specialist or at least ... Read More

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