Signs and Symptoms of Throat Cancer

Since throat cancer is such a general term for cancers in many different locations, the signs and symptoms are broad. A cancer in the nasopharynx (behind the nose) will probably have different symptoms than a cancer in the larynx (the voice box). There are certainly some similarities, but you should investigate specific types of throat cancer to learn about symptoms specific to a certain part of the throat.

In general, symptoms that come for a while and then go away are typically less likely to be cancer.

Some symptoms that might be related to a throat cancer include:

  • A hoarse voice
  • Pain or difficulty with swallowing
  • A sore throat
  • A lump or a bump in the neck
  • Ear pain on one side with no other ear problems
  • Feeling like there’s something stuck in your throat
  • Bleeding from the throat
  • Coughing or choking every time you drink liquid
  • Difficult or noisy breathing
  • Numbness in a certain part of the face
  • A change in speech or tongue movement
  • Unexplained weight loss

But don’t jump to any conclusions. You could have one or more of these symptoms but NOT have a throat cancer. There are several non-cancerous causes of the same symptoms. That’s why you need to see a specialist.