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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.
1. I was diagnosed with acid reflux about a year ago via an endoscopy. For the last four months, I have been having symptoms in my throat despite taking Tums and Zantac. I am a smoker – could it be throat cancer? While the symptoms are most likely related to acid refluxing into the throat, if they have persisted despite treatment, you should discuss the issues with your physician. An examination with an ear, nose and throat physician would be warranted, as well as possibly changing the Zantac to a proton pump inhibitor. 2. Can acid reflux disease cause flu-like symptoms, such as chronic sore throat, cough, major sinus pressure, and a slight burning sensation in my lungs? ACT scan shows no sinus infection. Acid reflux disease can cause atypical symptoms such as sore throat, cough and wheezing that can mimic asthma. While a pulmonary consultation is usually warranted to rule out a primary respiratory problem, symptoms may resolve with treatme...
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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