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

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

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. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Sore throat when swallowing for 3+ weeks. Phlegm stuck in my throat. Bumps down the back of my throat. Could this be throat cancer?

Sore throat when swallowing for 3+ weeks. Phlegm stuck in my throat. Bumps down the back of my throat. Could this be throat cancer?

Phelgm in throat: You are young for throat cancer unless you chewed a lot of betel nuts. More likely you have sinusitis, allergies with phelgm could try Zyrtec (cetirizine) and see if it helps. May be indolent infection/ sinusitis like mycoplasma for whihc you need antibiotics. Since it is 3 weeks would get it checked out by urgent care/ doctor this week. ...Read more

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Is throat cancer bad?

Is throat cancer bad?

Not necessarily.: Throat cancer usually is curable with radiation therapy (and sometimes chemo at the same time, occasionally surgery). It is important to be treated at a large cancer center with experience treating throat cancer. ...Read more

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Have I got throat cancer?

Have I got throat cancer?

Hope not: Without any symptoms or an exam who knows. If you are concerened see your doctor. ...Read more

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What symptoms for throat cancer?

What symptoms for throat cancer?

Depends on site: There are multiple areas in the throat that may be affected by cancer and each site has different symptoms. The general symptoms include difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, pain in the throat, enlarged tonsils and in some cases first symptoms may be enlarged nodes due to mets. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/oral-and-throat-cancer/ds00349. ...Read more

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How aggressive is throat cancer?

How aggressive is throat cancer?

Depends on Stage: Staging is the process of finding out how widespread a cancer is within the body at the time of diagnosis. Depending on the cancer type, a history and physical exam, biopsy, imaging studies, and blood tests may be used to determine stage. The stage will help doctors determine prognosis and the best course of treatment for a patient. Many advanced tumors of the head and neck are curable. ...Read more

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What does throat cancer feel like?

Depends: It all depends on the location of the throat cancer. ...Read more

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Can I be developing throat cancer?

Can I be developing throat cancer?

Symptoms: 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, bleeding from the throat, difficulty breathing (in advanced cases), ear pain. If you have any concerns, please see your doctor. ...Read more

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How to know if I have throat cancer?

How to know if I have throat cancer?

Have it checked!: 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, bleeding from the throat, difficulty breathing (in advanced cases), ear pain. If you have concerns, have it checked by your doctor to see if you need to see a specialist (ENT doctor). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for throat cancer?

What are the symptoms for throat cancer?

Many: Typical symptoms can include swallowing difficulty for mostly solids, weight loss, voice hoarseness, throat pain, fatigue, neck node enlargement, and can progress to occassionally choking or vomitting in advanced cases. ...Read more

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How to know if I have throat cancer at 16?

How to know if I have throat cancer at 16?

Why?: Why would you think you had throat cancer. 16 is a pretty unlikely age for head and neck cancer. But a great first stop would be to see you pcp or an ENT (ear, nose, and throat specialist) if you are having symptoms you are unsure of. ...Read more

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So why would throat cancer be rare in. My 20s?

So why would throat cancer be rare in. My 20s?

Takes time to develp: Throat cancer associated with smoking/alcoholism takes time to develop. 1st your normal throat cells change to different cells than they are supposed to be due to toxic effects of smoking. Over time those different cells can mutate & become cancer cells. Once they become cancer cells, throat cancer is very aggressive. So it is less likely do get throat cancer in your 20s. Same if have acid reflux. ...Read more

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How to tell if I am developing throat cancer?

How to tell if I am developing throat cancer?

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. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to have throat cancer?

Depends: Tonsil, tongue, supraglottic larynx, larynx, pharyngeal wall, pyriform sinus, etc are all sites often bundled together unfortunately into "throat" cancer. Different sites can have different issues. Difficulties in taste, dentition, chewing, w/ food types (solid, acidic, spicy, carbonated), reflux, ear pain, change in smell/taste can be seen. ...Read more

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What kind of pain does throat cancer feel like?

Throat cancer: Depending on the location of the cancer, it can be painless, or it can cause ear or neck discomfort. There can be a feeling of something stuck in your throat. Most are painless. ...Read more

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What are the main risk factors of throat cancer?

What are the main risk factors of throat cancer?

Throat ca: Smokers, alcohol drinking, severe acid stomach reflux, prior radiation therapy to the neck, family hx of throat cancer, black ethnicity, male. ...Read more

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I'm wondering what is the cause of throat cancer?

I'm wondering what is the cause of throat cancer?

Causes: The leading causes of throat cancer are tobacco, alcohol and infection with human papilloma virus. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm scared of having throat cancer!?

See a physician...: ...preferably an ENT, if you have persistent throat symptoms. If not, make sure your dentist and family doc evaluate your mouth and neck for lesions or enlarged nodes during their yearly examinations. Also, if you use tobacco products, stop immediately. Limit your use of alcohol and practice safe sex. Best to you. ...Read more

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Could it be that my grandfather has throat cancer?

A sore throat: That does not go away, sometimes causing pain feferred to the ear, often associated with "lumps in the neck" and change in voice quality or difficulty swallowing are signs of throat cancer, especially in heavy smokers and drinkers. ...Read more

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THROAT CANCER :ON WHICH STAGE THE PERSON MAY DIE?

THROAT CANCER :ON WHICH STAGE THE PERSON MAY DIE?

Throat cancer: When the cancer has spread to other parts of your body. In general, patients at this stage don't do very well. ...Read more

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Is throat cancer contagious?

Is throat cancer contagious?

No: Some throat cancers are linked to HPV but unlike cancer of the cervix, the relationship is soft and nobody's recommending condoms for people who kiss. Most throat cancers have more to do with tobacco and to a lesser extent alcohol; the rare throat cancers are mostly related to nothing. Especially, don't avoid a person with throat cancer as a risk to you -- they're not. ...Read more

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What are the risks for throat cancer?

What are the risks for throat cancer?

Tobacco and alcohol: Tobacco and alcohol use are the controrable risk factors for throat cancer. Some oral cancers are related to hpv infection and a few are due to ebv infection. ...Read more

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Throat cancer what happens after radiotherapy?

Most are: Treated with chemo+rt. Dry mouth, loss of taste, sore swallowing, weight loss...We usually suggest a feeding tube to support. Recovery of these is variable, and gradual at best. Oral hygiene (salt/soda rinses) to rid the mouth of gooey, wall paper paste consistency saliva helps. ...Read more

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Iam scared of having throat cancer, how to prevent it?

Iam scared of having throat cancer, how to prevent it?

Several ways: Throat cancers are caused by tobacco and alcohol use and the human papilloma virus, hpv. To help prevent it, eliminate tobacco use and moderate alcohol use. Most adults have already been exposed to hpv and don't get cancer, so that part can't be changed (except by getting vaccinated as a child). Check other posts for signs and symptoms of throat cancer. If you have concerns, please see your doctor! ...Read more

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Is throat cancer uncommon in a 40 male and is it uncommon in the uk?

Head and neck ca: Especially in oral cancer- the incidence of hpv related oral cancer is increasing and now becoming more common- especially at younger age population- I am talking about age of 30's-40's. The usual head and neck cancer that is associated with alcohol and cigarette smoking occurs more commonly at older age between 55-70 year old. I think, the incidence is pretty much the same as here in the usa. ...Read more

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Could HPV cause throat cancer?

Could HPV cause throat cancer?

Yes: The germ that can trigger cervical cancer, hpv, can be shared between sex partners. In males it can cause penile, anal and esophageal cancer, all of which take years to develop. The male may also carry the hpv and never have any problem with it, and never know they have it. ...Read more

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more


Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more