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I have some mucus in my throat and can't seem to cough it up, is this cancer or emphysema?

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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
3 doctors agree

In brief: Chronic bronchitis

Do you smoke? If you do this is likely chronic bronchitis which is a direct consequence of smoking.
Emphysema causes breathlessness, but not sputum production. Cancer of the head and neck can cause a feeling of mucus in your throat and so can lung cancer. You should be evaluated by your health care provider for these symptoms.

In brief: Chronic bronchitis

Do you smoke? If you do this is likely chronic bronchitis which is a direct consequence of smoking.
Emphysema causes breathlessness, but not sputum production. Cancer of the head and neck can cause a feeling of mucus in your throat and so can lung cancer. You should be evaluated by your health care provider for these symptoms.
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See doctor...

You need to be seen and examined by a doctor for your symptoms to be diagnosed and treated.
You may even need some tests done to determine the difference. For example, you may need a chest x-ray and pulmonary function testing. If you are smoking, smoking cessation is a necessary part of treatment and your doctor can help with this as well. See your doctor asap!

In brief: See doctor...

You need to be seen and examined by a doctor for your symptoms to be diagnosed and treated.
You may even need some tests done to determine the difference. For example, you may need a chest x-ray and pulmonary function testing. If you are smoking, smoking cessation is a necessary part of treatment and your doctor can help with this as well. See your doctor asap!
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Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine
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In brief: Hopefully neither.

More likely post nasal drip or gerd.
Do you smoke?This is a very common cause of mucus in the throat.Allergies are another.Cancer of the throat is most often a silent disease-more seen than felt-until late.Emphysema is a breathing disease-you can't catch your breath after minimal exercise.At any rate you should see your dr and get a dx.

In brief: Hopefully neither.

More likely post nasal drip or gerd.
Do you smoke?This is a very common cause of mucus in the throat.Allergies are another.Cancer of the throat is most often a silent disease-more seen than felt-until late.Emphysema is a breathing disease-you can't catch your breath after minimal exercise.At any rate you should see your dr and get a dx.
Dr. Robert Greer
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