Throat cancer is a general term that refers to a type of head and neck cancer that develops in the throat (pharynx) or the voice box (larynx). Pharyngeal and laryngeal are the two main types of throat cancer, but they can be broken up into different types depending on where in the throat the cancer originates.
The most common type of pharyngeal and laryngeal cancer is Squamous cell carcinoma, which develops in the cells that line the throat. Other types of pharyngeal and laryngeal cancer include lymphoma, lymphoepithelioma, and undifferentiated carcinoma.
Who Is at Risk?
People who smoke, use tobacco, or have human papillomavirus (HPV) are at increased risk for cancer in the throat. Other factors, such as drinking an excessive amount or consuming a diet lacking in fruits and vegetables, can also increase your risk.
What Are the Symptoms of Throat Cancer?
What does throat cancer look like? See below for a throat cancer picture.
Some common signs and symptoms of throat cancer include:
- Swelling or lumps in the neck
- Sore throat that does not go away after a few weeks, even after taking antibiotics
- Coughing up blood
- Difficulty swallowing
- Abnormal breathing sounds
- Hoarseness that does not improve after a few weeks
- Neck or ear pain
When Should I Seek Medical Treatment?
Do the images of throat cancer look like something you’re experiencing? If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of throat cancer that look similar to the throat cancer pic, you should see a medical professional to discuss your symptoms. When you come to FastMed, your medical professional will likely perform a physical exam, take a look at the inside of your throat, and conduct some simple tests to rule out other causes like strep throat or a cold. If we determine that you need to be seen by a specialist, we can fax over your medical records and set up the appointment for you.
FastMed’s medical professionals are available 7 days a week to assess your symptoms and provide you with treatment options. If your symptoms have you worried, don’t hesitate to stop by a location near you today.