Too often, we find these topics hitting too close to home. That just motivates us even more to bring attention and awareness to the cause. Unfortunately, we all know people who have been affected by cancer. Very recently, we learned of a dear friend diagnosed with throat cancer. #GoLarry
Signs and Symptoms of Throat Cancer:
- A sore throat that does not go away
- Pain or difficulty swallowing
- Weight loss for no known reason
- Ear pain
- A lump in the back of the mouth, throat or neck
- Advanced tumors may invade the voice box, causing hoarseness or breathing difficulty
- Bleeding from the throat or blood-tinged sputum
Throat Cancer Facts
The American Cancer Society estimates that about 38,000 people in the United States were diagnosed with throat cancer in 2011. Throat cancer is a general term, but it is often used to refer to cancer of the:
Pharynx, a hollow tube between the nose and esophagus (swallowing tube) that includes the:
- Nasopharynx: the upper section, which is behind the nose
- Oropharynx: the middle section, which is behind the mouth
- Hypopharynx: the bottom section, which is behind the voice box (larynx)
Larynx, also called the voice box, which is the part of the throat containing the vocal cords that help you speak. The larynx has three parts:
- Glottis: the middle portion that contains the vocal cords
- Supraglottis: the area above the vocal cords
- Subglottis: the area below the vocal cords and above the trachea (windpipe)
Approximately half the cases of throat cancer are found in each of the larynx and pharynx. The number of new cases of smoking-related cancers, such as cancer of the larynx and many cancers of the pharynx, is declining.
The number of new oropharynx cancers is increasing, however, because of a relatively new cause of this disease, human papillomavirus (HPV). Patients with HPV-related oropharynx cancer are less likely to smoke and may have a better outlook than patients with smoking-related oropharynx cancer.
Throat Cancer Types
Most throat cancers are squamous cell carcinomas. This means they develop in the squamous cells that line the throat.
Other less frequent types of throat cancer include cancers of the minor salivary glands.
Source of Information: www.mdanderson.org
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