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Throat cancer Information
Throat cancer Information

Throat cancer, a digestive system cancer, can be classified into four types - supraglottic cancer, which originates from the root of the lingual surface of epiglottis; glottic cancer, which originates from the vocal cord; subglottic cancer, which originates beneath the vocal cord; and transglottic cancer, which originates from the laryngeal ventricle.

Throat cancer
Throat cancer symptoms
Throat cancer
  • Hoarseness
  • Vocal cord polyp
  • Coughing with blood in sputum
  • Discomfort in swallowing
Throat cancer risk factors
Throat cancer risk factors
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Air pollution
  • Often speaking loudly
  • Prolonged exposure to chemicals, such as formaldehyde, pesticides, textile and leather fibers and asbestos, etc.
Throat cancer
  • Indirect laryngoscopy
  • CT scan
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Primarily radiotherapy and surgical excision, or a combination of both.

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