Spot the signs of throat cancer

Cancer survivor Nigel Short
Cancer survivor Nigel Short
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Having survived throat cancer, Nigel is now keen raise awareness of the disease so people can spot the early symptoms and seek medical advice promptly.

Throat cancer refers to cancer of the voice box, the vocal cords, and other parts of the throat, such as the tonsils.

Nigel said: “Throat cancer is on the rise so it’s important to educate people on the signs, particularly dentists.

“My tumour was actually visible to the naked eye so could have been picked up during a routine check-up. I went on two years without realising I had a serious illness.”

Common signs and symptoms of throat cancer could include the following:

A change in your voice

Trouble swallowing

Weight loss

Sore throat

Persistent cough

Swollen lymph nodes in the neck

Ear pain


Trouble breathing


Swelling of the jaw