Persistent sore throat 'can be cancer sign'
Tehran (KNA) - GPs with patients who have a persistent sore throat, combined with shortness of breath, trouble swallowing or earache, should consider cancer as the cause, according to new research.
Currently, it is recommended patients with persistent hoarseness or an unexplained neck lump are investigated for throat or laryngeal cancer.
However, Cancer Research UK's Weilin Wu said patients should not be alarmed.
"A sore throat on its own wasn't linked to laryngeal cancer," he said.
"But importantly, this study also provides the best evidence to date to support the current recommendation to refer older patients with persistent hoarseness."
The larynx is part of the throat found at the entrance of the windpipe that helps you breathe and speak.
In the UK, there are around 2,000 new cases of laryngeal cancer each year.