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What symptoms can indicate throat cancer and when should you go to be tested? - Walla! health


Smokers are indeed the immediate suspect for throat cancer, but not only. So what symptoms should turn on a red light for you and what should not be ignored?

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The World Cancer Research Fund recently published the lifestyle factors responsible for hundreds of thousands of cancer cases worldwide each year.

And despite the advertising, the organization believes that eating healthy, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight and quitting smoking can prevent about 40% of diagnoses.

And that's a number.

The figures come after a recent study published in the journal PLOS suggested that the death toll of smokers in England has fallen from 27,200 to 16,500 in the UK alone - and it's not just lung cancer rates that have been affected.

Smoking puts people at higher risk for multiple cancers, including those of the mouth, throat and bladder.

It also contributes to the narrowing of the arteries and increases the chance of the blood to clot, meaning that smokers have a significantly higher risk of heart disease, heart attacks, strokes and dementia.

Throat cancer is the most common among head and neck tumors, especially among adults.

About 200 people are diagnosed every year in Israel with throat cancer, of which 85 percent are men and 15 percent are women.

This is one of the tumors originating from the mucous membranes that line the respiratory and swallowing system - tongue, lips, cheek, throat, vocal cords and the swallowing chamber.

Early detection and avoidance of the risk factors will increase the chances of recovery up to 95% in the early stages.

Throat cancer is the most common among head and neck tumors, especially among adults.

A woman with a sore throat (Photo: ShutterStock)

The vast majority of throat cancer sufferers are smokers.

Cigarette smoke contains a high amount of carcinogenic substances that cause a genetic change of a normal cell into a cancerous cell, and increase the chance of developing a cancerous tumor by 5-15 percent, compared to a non-smoker.

This change causes the cell to multiply non-stop and gradually a pre-cancerous lesion may develop into an invasive cancer.

In most patients, the pre-cancerous stage is not detected at all, and when the patient already reaches the diagnosis, it will usually happen at the stage when the tumor has become cancerous.

The first warning signs are a change in voice tone and hoarseness, sometimes accompanied by difficulty breathing.

Other signs that can indicate a cancerous growth include hoarseness, sore throat that lasts more than four to six weeks, difficulty swallowing.

A sore throat associated with earaches is another symptom that should be checked by a family doctor.

Symptoms such as those that last more than three weeks must turn on a red light, especially among smokers.

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Source: walla

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