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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 those that may accompany a cold or sore throat.

Common throat cancer symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty swallowing, also known as dysphagia
  • Changes in your voice
  • Sore throat
  • Ear or jaw pain
  • A dull pain behind the breastbone
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Headaches
  • A lump in the nose or back of the mouth, throat or neck
  • Unexplained 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, voice changes may be a sign of laryngeal (voice box) cancer, but they would rarely indicate cancer of the pharynx.

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