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A 37-year-old female asked:

Can trouble swallowing, body aches, excess mucus in throat , cough. and green phlegm mean throat cancer?

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Dr. John Hammer
34 years experience
Not likely : These symptoms are more indicative of infection (either viral or bacterial). Cancers can lead to a secondary infection though, and if they don't fully resolve with time or treatment you should consider bringing this possibility up with your provider, especially if you smoke.

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