Laryngeal cancer is throat cancer that affects your larynx. The larynx is the voice box that contains the cartilage and muscles that make speaking possible. This cancer can damage your voice and possibly spread to other parts of the body. This type of cancer proliferates quickly, so early detection of laryngeal cancer is vital for successful treatment. A new indicator in the early detection of larynx cancer is a persistent sore throat. Researchers believe that checking this symptom may lead to early detection and ultimately early cancer treatment.
Changes in the cells of the larynx are the root cause of laryngeal cancer although the exact mechanism of action is not known. All cancer begins with changes in a cell’s DNA which provide the cell with the instructions for controlling the growth of the cell. Any alteration in the instructions of the cell causes continuous growth of the cell with uncontrollable reproduction as a consequence. This constant growth produces tissue called a tumor. There are indications that exposure to different things can damage the cells and tissue of the larynx increasing the risk of cancer. There are specific factors that may increase the risk of developing cancer of the larynx including:
Alcohol and tobacco consumption
A family history of cancer
A diet high in red meat, processed, and fried food
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Exposure to harmful substances such as asbestos, coal, and sulphuric acid fumes
Signs And Symptoms
The symptoms of laryngeal cancer are easy to detect and may include the following:
Cough with blood
Swelling of the neck
Persistent Sore Throat
Cancer of the larynx should be a consideration for a healthcare practitioner when a patient presents with a persistent sore throat according to a new study. The researchers believe this is particularly the case if other low-level symptoms present with the sore throat. The research, which made use of more than 600 records from various general practice offices, concludes that persistent sore throat with shortness of breath, earache, and difficulty swallowing is a warning sign of a severe problem. The goal of the study which includes 800 patients diagnosed with cancer of the larynx, is to promote the early detection of cancer. Early detection is essential for higher survival rates and healthier outcomes.
The standard treatment for laryngeal cancer includes both surgery and radiation therapy. Specific treatment includes:
Lymph node dissection
Early Detection Is Key
Cancer of the larynx is detrimental to the throat and can quickly spread to other parts of the body. Finding and treating laryngeal cancer in a timely fashion is essential for successful treatment outcomes. Educate yourself on the root causes. New research provides evidence that a persistent sore throat may be an early warning sign of laryngeal cancer so be alert to the signs and symptoms of possible cancer of the larynx.