Types of cancer
Hypopharyngeal Cancer is the name given to cancer which forms in the hypopharynx - the hypopharynx is where the larynx (throat) and the oesophagus (gullet) meet.
This is one of the rarer forms of throat cancer and is quite hard to diagnose. As with the majority of head and neck cancers the risks are higher for heavy smokers and drinkers.
Symptoms of Hypopharyngeal Cancer
There are quite a few things that can be symptomatic of Hypopharyngeal Cancer - please remember that these can also be symptoms for a whole range of diseases too. The best thing you can do if you are worried is go to your doctor and explain why you are worried.
The chances are low that you have cancer but it is always better to get checked as soon as possible. Most cancer treatment works better with early detection, so do not worry but DO get your doctor to check you over if you have any of these symptoms for more than three weeks.
- swollen lymph nodes (usually the first sign patients notice)
- persistent sore throat
- pain that radiates from the throat to ears
- difficulty swallowing
As you can see the symptoms can appear to be fairly common place and in most cases it will not be cancer. However, if you do have these symptoms for a prolonged period of time please make an appointment with your GP as soon as you can. You can find your nearest NHS GP here. If you cannot find a GP near you there will be walk in clinics at hospitals which you can attend too.