Early throat cancer symptoms

Updated October 05, 2017

Although the early stages of throat cancer begin on the vocal chords, the disease can eventually spread to the larynx, tongue and tonsils. Throat cancer has a high recovery rate if the symptoms are detected early.


The most common early symptom of throat cancer may be seemingly benign but noticeable nonetheless, such as a persistent hoarse voice or a sore throat.

Painful Symptoms

Throat cancer can lead to such painful symptoms and conditions as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or difficulty swallowing.

Warning Sign

One should never dismiss an occurrence of coughing up blood. This serious symptom can serve as a red flag for such life-threatening conditions as throat cancer.

Change in Appearance

An altered appearance may begin to take place when throat cancer is present, the most visible symptom being unintentional weight loss. You may also notice enlarged lymph nodes or overall swelling in the neck.


If you experience any of these symptoms it is imperative that you cease use of cigarettes and other tobacco products to help aid in your recovery.

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