Laryngeal cancer is cancer in your larynx. Your larynx is in your throat.
The primary functions of your larynx is to give you a voice because it’s where you voice box is located and stops food from entering your lungs. So when your larynx has a problem, you’ll likely experience symptoms of a sore throat and a voice change.
Unless you’ve smoked for years and/or drink heavily, your sore throat and voice change are probably caused by some health condition other than laryngeal cancer. Laryngitis is a more plausible cause for these throat symptoms.
It’s highly unusual for a nonsmoker and nondrinker to develop cancer in their larynx. However, if you’ve been inhaling stuff like asbestos particles, wood dust, paint or industrial chemical fumes for a long time, then your risk for this cancer increases.
Laryngeal cancer develops slowly, causing various symptoms depend on where your tumor is located, for instance:
- weight loss
- voice change
- chronic cough
- persistent ear pain
- neck, throat lumps
- stubborn sore throat