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What are the symptoms of cancer of your pharynx?

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Pharynx is another name for your throat. It’s a tube about 5 inches long that goes from behind your nose to the top of your esophagus (the tube in your chest that leads to your stomach). Your pharynx includes your tonsils, the back of your tongue, and your soft palate -- the soft part at the back of the roof of your mouth. Signs of cancer include:

  • Trouble breathing or talking
  • Painful swallowing
  • Neck or throat pain that doesn’t go away
  • Earaches, pain, or ringing in your ears that keeps coming back
  • Trouble hearing

From: Head and Neck Cancer: What to Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Head and Neck Cancer -- Overview,” “Understanding Targeted Therapy.”

National Cancer Institute: “Head and Neck Cancers.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Head and Neck Cancer.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on February 01, 2017

SOURCES:

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Head and Neck Cancer -- Overview,” “Understanding Targeted Therapy.”

National Cancer Institute: “Head and Neck Cancers.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Head and Neck Cancer.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on February 01, 2017

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