- Hypopharyngeal cancer is type of head and neck cancer.
- The hypopharynx is located in the lowest portion of the throat or pharynx.
- Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common kind of hypopharyngeal cancer where cancerous cells develop in the lining of the throat.
- Tobacco products, excessive alcohol consumption and a diet lacking in vegetable and fruits increase a patient’s risk of developing this cancer.
- Symptoms are not usually present in the early stages of this condition
- Symptoms include chronic sore throat, ear pain, lump in the neck, difficulty/pain swallowing and a change in voice.
- Treatments include chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
- Some treatments cause permanent side effects.
- Even with successful treatment, patients have an increased risk of developing a second type of cancer.
- Early detection is the key to successful treatment.
Statistics of Hypopharyngeal Cancer
As with many serious, life-threatening condition, patients must make important decisions about their health care. These statistics and facts on hypopharyngeal cancer provide patients with the basics to this serious condition. Knowing these facts may provide the basis patients can use to ask questions and eventually make a more informed decision.
Use these facts on hypopharyngeal cancer as the basis of knowledge to find out more about this condition. Then speak to a doctor if you experience symptoms.