Sensing Larynx Cancer: Throat Cancer Symptoms You Have To Know

Dedicated to my brother Bill, he is miss dearly. He was missed diagnosed, please read all of this page and  don't let it happen to you. One person saved by his tragedy then purpose was found.

internal parts of the mouth and throat

I'm sure not everyone knows that the throat is scientifically known as the larynx. It surely won't hurt to know the more important details about the throat, especially in terms of its medical conditions.

First what exactly is the larynx?

The throat or larynx is that part of the windpipe, also known as trachea that is found on its uppermost. It is approximately five centimeters long and is also known as the "voice box". Why voice box, you say? It contains the vocal cords. The vocal cords are those muscle tissue ridges that are V-shaped. They are found inside the larynx's lining. To produce speech, as the air passes, these vocal cords vibrate.

For a more physical feel of it, try to feel your Adam's apple. This is the prominent or protruded portion of the neck, which is just below your chin. The Adam's apple is located in the front part of the larynx or throat.

To get into more details about your throat, here's more of how it functions.

As one breathes, air gets into the larynx and goes down to the trachea going to the lungs. Upon swallowing, a slight upward motion is executed by the larynx. This way a cartilage tissue flap known as the epiglottis obstructs the entrance to the larynx. This epiglottis is found at the tongue's back. This action makes sure that any swallowed food or drink goes down to the gullet or esophagus and not to the trachea. This is because if the food goes to the trachea, it will result to choking.

Medical condition of the throat known as throat or larynx cancer. Usually, people the age of 50 or older, those that are in the habit of smoking and/or excessive intake of alcohol are at greater risk of developing this kind of cancer.

As with many forms of cancer, it is mostly at its "curable" form when diagnosed at an early stage. Like many types of cancer, the more a cancer has grown and or spread, the less chance of treating it well.

Signs of a Larynx Cancer. 

1. Hoarse Voice

This is usually is the first sign that a larynx cancer may be present. The reason behind this is that most throat cancers develops first on or near a vocal cord. But of course, not all people with hoarse voice have throat cancer. Oftentimes, it is also associated with simple laryngitis, which is an infection of the throat caused by a virus. What will tip off that it might be a throat cancer that your hoarse voice is trying to tell is that when your voice does not return to normal after two to four weeks.

2. Throat Lump or Lumps

Small nodes that develop around the throat may show even before having hoarse voice may warn about a throat cancer. This is especially true when the throat cancer does not start near the vocal cords.

3. Throat Discomfort upon Swallowing

Persistent pain when swallowing may be felt on the throat. And this can also warn one about the spreading of throat tumor, even before developing a hoarse voice.

4. Breathing Difficulty

The same (occurrence of lumps and pain) is true with having difficulty with breathing.

5. Other symptoms of throat cancer

Swelling of lymph nodes, mouth sores that don't heal or decrease in size, red or dark patches or lumps inside the mouth, when the cheek thickens, difficulty to move or numbness of the tongue, weight loss that is not intended, difficulty to move or swelling and pain in the jaw, loosening or pain around the teeth, lumps in the neck, severe discomfort in an ear when one has a normal eardrum.


My brother Bill, a wonderful person that drank often to much and smoked passed from this disease. More then likely he could have survived except he was missed diagnosed on many occasions.

For six months and at least 8 occasions he continued going to the emergence room of our large well known local hospital they continued to tell him its a bad tooth or its a sore throat. Only when he could nolonger breath from his throat being swelled did they bring in a specialist and received a proper diagnoses. I believe if he had one doctor reviewing and following his case, or a family doctor his outlook would have been different. The emergency center of a hospital is an overwhelming place that dose not specialize in cancer.

Cancer of the throat can be found by a biopsy. REQUEST IT!

This dose not hurt they go into your mouth and down your throat a little, and basically take a small scrape of tissue, painless.  

I miss my brother he was 50, don't you be missed diagnosed.

All those mentioned signs and symptoms may also be due to other medical conditions. But, it is 100% advisable for you to request a biopsy to insure your diagnoses is correct. Throat cancer as all cancer, if found at the beginning stages increases ones survival.