- How can you detect throat cancer at home?
- What does throat cancer feel like in the beginning?
- Does throat cancer spread quickly?
- Is throat cancer visible?
- Who is most at risk for throat cancer?
- How is throat cancer diagnosed early?
- Does throat cancer show up in blood tests?
- Do throat cancer symptoms come and go?
- Can dentists detect throat cancer?
How can you detect throat cancer at home?
In order to diagnose throat cancer, your doctor may recommend:
- Using a scope to get a closer look at your throat. Your doctor may use a special lighted scope (endoscope) to get a close look at your throat during a procedure called endoscopy.
- Removing a tissue sample for testing.
- Imaging tests.
What does throat cancer feel like in the beginning?
In addition to a lump, swelling or thickness in the neck, some other warning signs and symptoms of throat cancer include: A feeling that food has become lodged in the throat. Hoarseness and other vocal changes. Persistent sore throat.
Does throat cancer spread quickly?
Throat cancer may not be curable once malignant cells spread to parts of the body beyond the neck and head. However, those diagnosed can continue treatment to prolong their life and slow the progression of the disease.
Is throat cancer visible?
The signs and symptoms of throat cancer can be quite variable. The most common symptoms are a persistent sore throat, trouble swallowing, a lump in the neck, a change in voice, or ear pain. Cancer of the throat may be preceded by visible precursor lesions that are not yet malignant.
Who is most at risk for throat cancer?
Other risk factors include:
- Gender. Men are five times more likely to get it than women.
- Age. Most people get diagnosed after 65.
- Race. African-American men are at the biggest risk.
- Chemical exposure. This includes being around asbestos, nickel, and sulfuric acid fumes.
How is throat cancer diagnosed early?
Common symptoms of throat cancer include:
- Persistent cough.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- A lump in the mouth, throat or neck.
- Hoarseness or other voice changes.
- Ear or jaw pain.
- White patches or sores in the mouth or throat.
- Difficulty breathing.
Does throat cancer show up in blood tests?
Although there is no specific blood test that detects laryngeal or hypopharyngeal cancer, several laboratory tests, including blood and urine tests, may be done to help determine the diagnosis and learn more about the disease.
Do throat cancer symptoms come and go?
Symptoms may also come and go. Persistent doesn’t always mean constant. For example, you may have a sore throat for a week, and then it goes away for a few days, and then returns.
Can dentists detect throat cancer?
Mouth & Throat Cancer. As part of your routine dental checkup at your Aspen Dental practice, your dental hygienist or dentist will typically complete a visual scan for oral cancers. As with any cancer, early detection is key.