Cancer is caused by cells in the body reproducing uncontrollably, according to the NHS.
These cancerous cells can destroy the healthy tissue surrounding them – including organs.
More than a third of all people will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime.
It’s crucial to be aware of the signs and symptoms of cancer. You could be at risk of the disease if your voice has a characteristic sound.
Having a hoarse voice could be a warning sign of throat cancer, it’s been revealed.
While the condition is usually nothing to be worried about, it could be caused by laryngeal cancer, said the Cleveland Clinic.
Speak to a GP if you have a hoarse voice that lasts longer than two weeks, it said.
“Hoarseness is a symptom and not a disease,” said the clinic. “It is a general term that describes abnormal voice changes.
“When hoarse, the voice may sound breathy, raspy, strained, or there may be changes in volume [loudness] or pitch [how high or low the voice is].
“The changes in sound are usually due to disorders related to the vocal folds, which are the sound- producing parts of the voice box [larynx].
“There are many causes of hoarseness; fortunately, most are not serious and tend to go away in a short period of time.
“While not always the case, persistent hoarseness can be a warning sign of larynx cancer.”
Larynx – or laryngeal – cancer affects part of the throat at the entrance of the windpipe, said the NHS.
The hoarseness could be caused by poor vocal cord function, which may be a knock-on effect from the cancer.
Other common laryngeal cancer symptoms include having a pain while swallowing, a long-lasting cough, or a lump or swelling in the neck.
People most at risk of the cancer are those that regularly drink alcohol or smoke tobacco.
A diet high in red meat or processed food could also raise the chances of developing a tumour.
Speak to a doctor if you’re worried about the signs or symptoms of laryngeal cancer.
While the symptoms are more likely to be caused by something less serious, like laryngitis, it’s still a good idea to get them checked.
There are more than 2,000 new diagnoses of laryngeal cancer in the UK every year.
Most cases are diagnosed relatively early on, which means 60 per cent of all patients live for at least 10 years after their initial diagnosis.
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