Throat Cancer Symptoms Smoking Facts About Larynx and Esophageal Cancer Symptoms
Throat cancer symptoms are not one of the dramatic
effects of smoking cigarettes and often go undiagnosed.
The smoking facts show that
cancer of the throat is often diagnosed late because the symptoms are missed or unreported.
The signs that you have cancer of the throat are not very dramatic and in fact can be very subtle.
They are not even as
dramatic as an upper respiratory infection such as a cold or allergies.
Throat Cancer Symptoms
persistent sore throat
raspy speech or hoarse voice
spitting up blood stained mucus
However, even though the signs of throat cancer are not one of the dramatic effects of
smoking cigarettes, the cancer itself can lead to very dramatic changes
in your body including the inability to breathe or swallow and the loss of your
ability to speak if you have larynx cancer.
The cancer starts to grow in the cells that line the throat. Usually there are few if any symptoms
As the tumour keeps growing there may be some changes in the quality of the voice and perhaps a
lump on the neck.
When the tumor gets large enough there will be problems with breathing and swallowing, and consequently, weight loss occurs.
Many times the cancer is already advanced at time of diagnosis.
In fact this happens in about 70% of patients diagnosed with throat cancer. Symptoms are sometimes
and undramatic that they are not reported and investigation is delayed allowing the cancer
to grow and sometimes to spread.
The prognosis for throat cancer is only favourable if the cancer is diagnosed early.
Anatomically the throat refers to both the larynx which is the voice box and the esophagus which
is the tube that connects to the stomach.
The carcinogenic effects of smoking cigarettes can also lead to:
Smoker's teeth is the term given to the
characteristic effects of
cigarettes on your teeth. The smoking facts show that the stains from cigarette tar will foil your attempts to
achieve pearly white teeth and that your oral health is severely affected by smoking cigarettes.
Search the causes of gum disease you will find that
cigarette smoking is consistently among the list of causal factors for gum infection.
The smoking facts show that the oral health effects of smoking cigarettes are quite profound.
Not only are smoking and periodontal gum disease linked, but mouth and throat cancer of
all types occur more frequently in smokers than in non smokers.
The purpose of the information provided here is to help you cooperate with your doctor and other
health practitioners. It is not intended to take the place of medical advice and you are encouraged to
discuss health concerns with your physician or a professional health care provider who is
familiar with you and your unique personal health context.
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