What causes a lump in your throat?
Lump in your throat is one of the most common symptoms of lung cancer. Lung cancer usually occurs due to smoking or other risk factors such as age, gender, family history and exposure to asbestos. Lumps are benign tumors that do not spread throughout the body. They may cause pain at first but they will eventually go away without any treatment. However, if left untreated it can lead to death from complications like pneumonia and heart failure.
A lump in your throat can be caused by many things including:
Coughing up blood from infection or inflammation.
Blood clots (thrombosis) forming inside the lungs causing them to fill with fluid.
Tumors growing outside of the lung causing pressure to build up in the chest wall and block off breathing passages.
Other types of cancers, especially those that affect the larynx. These include vocal cord tumors, tonsil cancer and thyroid cancer.
When does a lump in your throat occur?
The earliest stage of lung cancer is called non-small cell carcinoma (NSCC). It’s most often found in people over 60 years old. It is rarely found in people younger than 50 years old.
The second stage of lung cancer is small cell carcinoma (SSC). It tends to occur in people over 60 years old. If it’s found at an early stage, it can be cured by surgery.
If not detected early, it can spread to other parts of the body and become fatal.
The third and final stage of lung cancer is large cell carcinoma (LCC). It can be treated with chemotherapy and different types of radiation therapy. However, it is not curable.
This stage can occur in people of all ages.
What does a lump in your throat look and feel like?
A lump in your throat can be described as a painless, hard mass that’s easy to feel and moves easily with swallowing or other movements of the neck. Most lumps in your throat are benign (not cancerous). However, some may be warning signs of possible lung cancer.
How to remove a lump in your throat?
Lumps in your throat can be removed with surgery. The type of surgery performed will depend on the appearance and location of the mass. Your surgeon will determine the best treatment option for you.
How to prevent a lump in your throat?
Lung cancer is difficult to detect at an early stage because there are often no symptoms. Early detection is important for successful treatment of this type of cancer. It is recommended that you avoid or limit the use of tobacco and avoid being exposed to second hand smoke.
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