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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.

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Pharyngeal cancer symptoms

Some pharyngeal cancer symptoms are specific to the region in the pharynx where the cancer occurs. A tumor in the nasopharynx may cause nosebleeds or ringing in the ears, whereas a tumor further down the throat, in the hypopharynx, may make it difficult to swallow.

Other symptoms of pharyngeal cancer that are common for all types include:

  • Chronic sore throat
  • A lump in the nose or back of the mouth, throat or neck
  • Ear or jaw pain
  • A change in voice, or unusual hoarseness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Frequent nose bleeds
  • Headaches
  • A dull pain behind the breastbone
  • Persistent cough
  • Painful or difficult swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Unexplained weight loss

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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