Definition Cancer of the throat is cancer of the vocal cords, voice box (larynx), or other areas of the throat. Alternative Names Vocal cord cancer; Throat cancer; Laryngeal cancer; Cancer of the glottis Causes, incidence, and risk factors People who smoke or use tobacco are at risk of developing throat cancer. Excessive alcohol use also increases risk. Smoking and drinking alcohol combined lead to an increased risk for throat cancers. Most cancers of the throat develop in adults older than 50. Men are 10 times more likely than women to develop throat cancers.
Dr. I have throat pain, hoarseness and an earache that won't go away. I do suffer from heartburn. Can the throat and ear pain be a result of GERD?
While it is not uncommon for gastroesophageal reflux disease to cause sore throat and hoarseness as well as ear pain and even ear infections, other more serious conditions need to be excluded. You can try maximizing treatment of acid reflux with twice a day proton pump inhibitors. If your symptoms resolve completely, then it is likely a result of gastroesophageal reflux. If however, they persist, then evaluation with an ear nose and throat physician to rule out throat cancer is recommended.
I have been taking Aciphex for acid reflux and have developed severe headaches. Can I try other proton pump inhibitors?
All of the proton pump inhibitors (Aciphex, Prevacid, Protonix, Nexium, Prilosec, Zegerid and Omeprazole) have about a 5% incidence of causing headaches. If one of the drugs causes headaches, it doesn't mean that th...
Mouth and throat sores, also called mucositis, look like ulcers and can be red and swollen. Pain from these sores can affect your ability to eat, drink, chew, swallow, and talk. If your immune system is suppressed, you may be more likely to get an oral yeast infection. Oral yeast infections can cause mouth and throat sores and can make any sores you have worse. An oral yeast infection looks like you have a coating of cottage cheese inside your mouth.
Some breast cancer treatments may cause mouth and throat sores:
Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab)
Tykerb (chemical name: lapatanib)
Avastin (chemical name: bevacizumab)
Managing mouth and throat sores
Avoid spicy, hot, or acidic foods and drinks -- they can further irritate your condition.
Try cold milk products to help soothe the painful areas.
Eat cold sour cream before meals to coat your mouth and throat and ease discomfort.
Frequently rinse your mouth with salt water or...
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