Can throat cancer be cured?
Throat cancer may be cured, particularly if diagnosed early and appropriately treated.
Author: Jonathan Meddings
First answered: 13 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Throat cancer is the term commonly used to refer to a range of cancers of different regions of the throat. They are nasopharyngeal cancer, oropharyngeal cancer, and laryngopharyngeal cancer.
Your risk of developing throat cancer increases if you smoke, drink alcohol, have HIV/AIDS, or a poor diet and poor oral hygiene.
Cancers result from damage to cellular DNA. In cases of throat cancer, this damage can be caused by smoking and alcohol consumption. Human papilloma virus (HPV) and Epstein-Barr virus are also believed to play a role in the development of throat cancer, but it is …
Symptoms of throat cancer include a sore throat, pain and difficulty swallowing, weight loss, a lump in the throat, a persistent cough and bloody sputum.
HPV is known to cause cervical cancer and studies have found an association between it and throat cancer, although it isn't clear to what degree HPV causes it. A vaccine for HPV is now available, but you can limit your risk of exposure …
Throat cancer is ultimately diagnosed by a pathologist examining a biopsy of a suspicious lesion. Before a biopsy is taken, you may have a physical examination, scans and procedures (such as an endoscopy) to further characterize the lesion.
Treatment for throat cancer consists of surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy.
Throat cancer cannot be completely prevented. However, not smoking, limiting excessive alcohol consumption, and eating a healthy diet, can reduce your risk.