By Sandra Rose  | 

By now you've heard the sad news that Oscar winner Michael Douglas, 65, was diagnosed with throat cancer. Other celebrities such as Sammie Davis, Jr., have succumbed to throat cancer.

Do you experience a dry, 'sticking' feeling in your throat when you swallow that feels like a lump in your throat? Do you have difficulty swallowing, or a sore throat that never seems to go away? Or hoarseness that doesn't clear when you cough? If so, read on...

Your throat (pharynx) includes the esophagus (the tube that forms a passage from your throat to your stomach), tonsils and adenoids, the larynx (holds voice box; vocal cords) and epiglottis (the membrane flap that keeps food from going into your lungs when you swallow).

All of these organs are susceptible to cancer. Throat cancer usually develops in men and women over 50 and is 10 times more likely to affect males over 50.

Cancer occurs when cells begin to divide uncontrollably and rapidly. The accumulation of cells sticking together forms a tumor that inhibits the growth of healthy cells. Smokers (including weed smoking), alcoholics and people who chew tobacco are at higher risk for throat cancer than the general population.

*Signs and Symptoms of throat cancer include:

  • Chronic cough (that doesn't go away)
  • Changes in your voice, such as hoarseness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Ear pain
  • Neck pain
  • Painful or painless lumps or swelling in your neck
  • A sore throat
  • Wheezing sound in your throat
  • Weight loss
  • Mouth breathing
  • Coughing up blood

*Remember that 'Signs' are what you see and 'Symptoms' are what you feel.

Contact your doctor if you experience any of these signs and symptoms for more than a week (except for the coughing up blood, which is an emergency). 90% of throat cancers can be cured if diagnosed early.

This has been your Medical Minute.

DISCLAIMER:
As always, any medical information published on this blog is not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice and you should not take any action before consulting with your personal physician or a health care provider.

More Info on the Web

Oral and Throat Cancers - Mayo Clinic
Throat Cancer - Cancer.gov
Cancer: throat or larynx - MedLine Plus
Throat Cancer - Wikipedia

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco

    Thanks for that medical minute I indirectly knew someone suffering from throat cancer and I dont know if she succumbed to it or not-it was her second surgery.

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    This man is a great actor. He will definitely be added to my prayer list.

  • KrayZKat

    Thank you for this, Sandra.

    My dad died from throat and oral cancer. It's a horrible.

  • KrayZKat

    Yes, AM, he's a wonderful actor. I didn't even know he had this.

  • Divinebrown

    Damn not Mike....that is too sad.

  • PAHairston

    Hello All. I just sent a prayer up for Michael. Cancer seems to be an epidemic these days. My sister, my special angel, was just diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. She's 62. My mom died of brain cancer at 76, an insidious disease that will take you away from here very quickly. Her brother died of the same thing, so did her nephew. All of her siblings have died of cancer. Me? I ain't claiming nothing. Besides, we all have to leave here with something. I just hope God gives me the strength to endure all, til the end but 'til the end, I'm gonna live one day at a time, like its my last."Enjoy your moment in the sun for one day you'll be just a memory." Peace.

  • Audacious2

    How sad.
    I'm sure Ms. "Dawnette Knight" is very upset. Remember the black woman stalker-one-night-stand that Michael D. said never happened?

  • http://twitter.com/Queensj QueenSJ

    Hello All. I just sent a prayer up for Michael. Cancer seems to be an epidemic these days. My sister, my special angel, was just diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. She’s 62. My mom died of brain cancer at 76, an insidious disease that will take you away from here very quickly. Her brother died of the same thing, so did her nephew. All of her siblings have died of cancer. Me? I ain’t claiming nothing. Besides, we all have to leave here with something. I just hope God gives me the strength to endure all, til the end but ’til the end, I’m gonna live one day at a time, like its my last.”Enjoy your moment in the sun for one day you’ll be just a memory.” Peace.
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    The best comment I've read in a long time.... :heart:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SIetxPjTBs CorporateHoodB-tch

    @PA..my :pray: go out to your sister and Mike Douglas

    I wonder was Mike's cancer discovered early enough for him to recover?

  • T.Y’z Cha Cha

    Audacious2 says:

    How sad.
    I’m sure Ms. “Dawnette Knight” is very upset. Remember the black woman stalker-one-night-stand that Michael D. said never happened?

    Why would she be upset?

  • T.Y’z Cha Cha

    PAHairston says:

    Hello All. I just sent a prayer up for Michael. Cancer seems to be an epidemic these days. My sister, my special angel, was just diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. She’s 62. My mom died of brain cancer at 76, an insidious disease that will take you away from here very quickly. Her brother died of the same thing, so did her nephew. All of her siblings have died of cancer. Me? I ain’t claiming nothing. Besides, we all have to leave here with something. I just hope God gives me the strength to endure all, til the end but ’til the end, I’m gonna live one day at a time, like its my last.”Enjoy your moment in the sun for one day you’ll be just a memory.” Peace.

    :cosign:

  • mirsmommy

    PAHairston says:

    Hello All. I just sent a prayer up for Michael. Cancer seems to be an epidemic these days. My sister, my special angel, was just diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. She’s 62. My mom died of brain cancer at 76, an insidious disease that will take you away from here very quickly. Her brother died of the same thing, so did her nephew. All of her siblings have died of cancer. Me? I ain’t claiming nothing. Besides, we all have to leave here with something. I just hope God gives me the strength to endure all, til the end but ’til the end, I’m gonna live one day at a time, like its my last.”Enjoy your moment in the sun for one day you’ll be just a memory.” Peace.
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    Awwww PA, my :heart: and :pray: ers go out to you and your family. What you said is so true. Cancer is an epidemic, and it is no joke. I've lost several family members due to cancer as well, and it hurt my heart to see folks that were so strong become so weak due to an illness.

    Enjoy your moment in the sun for one day you’ll be just a memory.” :cosign:

  • CreoleCutie7

    Thanks Sandra! I know someone now who is dieing from throat cancer...and whats funny I was just talking with a someone at work on this very subject and then logged on to find this post! LOL

    kinda sad to hear about :blunt: being associated with this disease! Gotta call up a few people!!

  • chase

    Sad, sad, sad... I am wishing him a speedy recovery..

    PA what u said was very heartfelt and so true...

    :offtopic:

    Who heard about Heidi Montag's plastic surgeon dying in a car wreck yesterday.....

  • CreoleCutie7

    @ PA...I totally understand how you feel with the "epidemic" of cancer....My mother passed away from it as well as both grand parents, two cousins and one aunt. My mothers only other sibling (female) was diagnosed with uterine cancer and another first cousin right after the passing of my mother! I don't want to claim it either but its kinda hard when your whole family seems to drop like flies from this disease. I just hold to Gods hand and trust him, that puts my mind at ease... Thanks for sharing!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKKxPtP6XjQ renegadesince1985

    Wow...cancer is no joke and does not discriminate!

    My g-ma had a lump in her throat but it was benign thank God. Unfortunately, my cousin (who is only 29) got diagnosed with Lymphoma shortly after. She's been battling it for 2 years now...already been through radiation and chemo. It came back a couple months ago, but she refuses to go through any more radiation or chemo. She's going through some alternative treatment program in Cuba that has had great results, so hopefully she will recover. :-(

  • ricanlbc

    I ALWAYS THOUGHT CATHERINE ZETA-JONES MARRIED HIM FOR THE MONEY...BUT THERE MARRIAGE HAS LASTED SO MAYBE ITS REAL? JUST SAYIN.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKKxPtP6XjQ renegadesince1985

    ”Enjoy your moment in the sun for one day you’ll be just a memory.”

    This is so true! Thanks for sharing!

  • Anna

    chase says:

    Who heard about Heidi Montag’s plastic surgeon dying in a car wreck yesterday…..

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    I read that, I didn't know he graduated down the street from where I work. I never heard of him. Curious how he died, was he texting or just didn't know his surroundings? Some of the celebs he performed plastic surgery on didn't look so good. Heidi's boobs are too big and she looks deformed/un porportonate. Sad, but his dog Jill did survive.

    PA, sorry to hear about such a cancer filled family tree. We should live each day likes it's our last as you stated. I went home for lunch and CNN reported that Cancer is costing over $3 billion/yr.

  • chase

    Anna says:

    chase says:
    Who heard about Heidi Montag’s plastic surgeon dying in a car wreck yesterday…..
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    I read that, I didn’t know he graduated down the street from where I work. I never heard of him. Curious how he died, was he texting or just didn’t know his surroundings? Some of the celebs he performed plastic surgery on didn’t look so good. Heidi’s boobs are too big and she looks deformed/un porportonate. Sad, but his dog Jill did survive.
    PA, sorry to hear about such a cancer filled family tree. We should live each day likes it’s our last as you stated. I went home for lunch and CNN reported that Cancer is costing over $3 billion/yr.
    -----------------------------------------

    Yeah his work was not that good at all, I can't think of one celebrity who looked better after he finished w/ them. Crazy about the dog surviving though... Thankfully he is in a better place...

  • Mamacita

    "Smokers (including weed smoking)..."

    I don't get why people don't think that smoking weed can't be damaging. Your body rejects it for a reason... :think:

  • Anna

    ricanlbc says:

    I ALWAYS THOUGHT CATHERINE ZETA-JONES MARRIED HIM FOR THE MONEY…BUT THERE MARRIAGE HAS LASTED SO MAYBE ITS REAL? JUST SAYIN.
    ~~~~~~~
    No Larry King's wife married him for the money or a quick death. We know she was not expecting him to live this long. :lol: Catherine seems sincere to me.

  • Anna

    correction over $300 billion/yr.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKKxPtP6XjQ renegadesince1985

    Weed smoking is not nearly as dangerous as smoking cigarettes...It's not really the tobacco that kills you...it's the other things they process it with...the filter, the fiberglass, the ammonia etc..

    I don't think your body rejects weed...probably the smoke, but marijuana is a pretty useful plant. My grandmother drinks the tea all the time :shrugs:

  • lakercrazy

    PAHairston says:

    Hello All. I just sent a prayer up for Michael. Cancer seems to be an epidemic these days. My sister, my special angel, was just diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. She’s 62. My mom died of brain cancer at 76, an insidious disease that will take you away from here very quickly. Her brother died of the same thing, so did her nephew. All of her siblings have died of cancer. Me? I ain’t claiming nothing. Besides, we all have to leave here with something. I just hope God gives me the strength to endure all, til the end but ’til the end, I’m gonna live one day at a time, like its my last.”Enjoy your moment in the sun for one day you’ll be just a memory.” Peace.
    _________________________________________________________________
    that was one of the best comments i have ever read up in here so sad but so true my aunt died of ovary cancer by the time they found it it was in her lungs so it was a wrap. She was a nurse and knew that chemo was not going to save her so she decided no chemo (for the sake of her kids) just sat at home and waited for god to take her it was such a painfull death and her last couple of days were the worst of her life and i cant take that image out of my head!

  • lakercrazy

    don’t think your body rejects weed…probably the smoke, but marijuana is a pretty useful plant. My grandmother drinks the tea all the time
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    my mom puts it in alcohol and rubs it on her knee when it hurts or when she is sore

  • Mamacita

    I was referring to actually smoking weed.

    *correction* Your body rejects SMOKE for a reason...

  • Val

    OMG- I love Michael Douglas.. I hope he beats the hell of that cancer

  • miamore1973

    My father was diagnosed with esophagal cancer in May of 2000 he was told he had 18 months to live and passed away that October. 5 MONTHS LATER!!

    I really hope Mr. Douglas can beat this and if not I hope he has peace in his heart, mind and soul.

  • militaryspouse1

    Im so sorry to hear that. Ill keep him in my prayers