Are you a chain smoker or a binge alcohol drinker? If your answer is yes, you should know that excessive smoking and alcohol drinking can cause different types of cancer in your body such as throat cancer.
According to health experts, throat cancer refers to the presence of carcinogenic tumors in your throat (pharynx), voice box (larynx), other parts of the throat including your tonsils and the oropharynx, the middle part of the pharynx behind your mouth.
Throat cancer is a general term used to refer to pharyngeal cancer and laryngeal cancer. Aside from smoking and alcohol drinking, there are other factors that can increase your risk of throat cancer including the human papillomavirus (HPP), a diet lacking in fruits and vegetables and Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
U.S. actor Michael Douglas confirmed that he was suffering from throat cancer during an appearance on David Letterman show in 2010. He fought the disease with chemotherapy and radiation treatments for six months and was cancer free in January 2011. It is interesting to note that in 2013, Mr. Douglas said HPV caused his cancer through cunnilingus.
Take note that you may be at risk of suffering from throat cancer or others diseases no matter your status in life if your lifestyle is unhealthy. You can reduce your risk by choosing a healthy lifestyle. It is also important to know the symptoms of throat cancer to prevent it.
People who have throat cancer experience the following symptoms:
1. Breathing problems
According to the Cancer Research UK, five to seven out of ten (50% to 70%) of cancer patients experience difficulty breathing, which makes people panic and feel very anxious. If you have throat cancer, you will notice that the sound of your breathing seems noisy or high-pitched. This happens when the opening in your vocal cords or voice box becomes narrow due to laryngeal cancer.