Throat cancer symptoms

Signs of throat cancer may be difficult to identify in the early stages of the disease. Many symptoms associated with throat cancer are the same as a cold or sore throat.







Common throat cancer symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty swallowing, also known as dysphagia
  • Changes in your voice
  • Sore throat
  • Unexplainable weight loss
  • Swelling of the eyes, jaw, throat or neck
  • Bleeding in the mouth or through the nose
  • Chronic cough

Some symptoms of throat cancer are specific to certain areas of the body. For instance, changes in your voice may be a sign of laryngeal (voice box) cancer, but would rarely indicate cancer of the pharynx.

Understanding cancer symptoms

These symptoms may be attributed to a number of conditions other than cancer. If you notice any cancer signs or symptoms, it's important to visit your doctor for an accurate diagnosis.

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