Laryngeal Cancer Symptoms
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What Are the Symptoms of Laryngeal Cancer?
The early signs and symptoms of laryngeal cancer can be difficult to detect. Because there are no routine tests for laryngeal cancer, it may not be detected until the disease has progressed.
When laryngeal cancer forms in the glottis (voice box), voice change and/or hoarseness can occur.
Laryngeal cancer that forms in the supraglottis or the subglottis have little effect on the voice. For these cancers, common symptoms may include:
- Chronic sore throat
- Persistent coughing
- Pain/difficulty when swallowing
- Ear pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Unexplained weight loss
- A lump or mass in the neck (which may indicate the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes)
Note: These symptoms may be the result of a number of conditions other than cancer. It is important to consult with a medical professional for an accurate diagnosis.
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