On October 6, we received the tragic news of the passing of electric guitar master Eddie Van Halen, leaving the rock world in mourning and speechless in one of his legendary guitar solos that will remain for all posterity. The musician had been fighting cancer for a decade, and after several hospital stays, his health suffered a rapid decline in the days before his death, his family confirmed. He was only 65 years old.
His fight against cancer began in 2000, when he was diagnosed with a tumor on his tongue. After a few months it was successfully removed; However, a short time later the doctors confirmed that had spread to other organs, specifically to the throat. On the occasion of this fact, today we will review some of the most notorious symptoms and signs of this disease that, without a doubt, turns out to be little known compared to other types of cancer.
If you notice a sign of a lump in your throat or neck, it is absolutely necessary that you go for a medical examination immediately
The magazine 'Best Life' has compiled some of the warning signs that your body may be sending you. Remember that it is especially important to have medical check-ups every little time, especially if you are in risk groups.
Your voice changes too much
This is one of the most noticeable and common signs, as illness begins to build into the vocal cords, often causing sudden changes in the tone of the voice. The positive side of this symptom is that it usually indicates that the cancer is in its early stages of development, which facilitates its treatment. "People who suffer from voice changes along with excessive hoarseness and that they do not improve in two weeks they must go to the doctor immediately ", advises the American Society of the Cancer (ACS).
Pain or discomfort when swallowing
As in any other throat disease such as pharyngitis or tonsillitis, cancer also causes great discomfort when swallowing. In this regard, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer, an institute dedicated to cancer research, assures that it is "possible to experience a burning sensation when chewing and swallowing food, or in any case to perceive a sensation as if it were stuck in the throat ".
Cough with a sore throat
Obviously, this symptom is indicative of a lot of diseases, including without going any further the one caused by the coronavirus, but also flu or cold. But if it becomes very repetitive and the sore throat worsens, it is best that you go to the doctor, not only to detect any type of cancer, but for a mere health issue.
A lump in the neck
It is the most common way that any type of tumor has to manifest itself. If you notice a sign of a lump in your throat or neck, you absolutely must go for a medical check-up immediately. "Sometimes, throat cancers are not found until they have spread to the lymph nodes and the person notices a growing mass in the neck, "says the Mayo Clinic.
A sudden weight loss
If you experience considerable weight loss suddenly or suddenly, it is very likely that something is wrong with your health. These rapid changes in the body are not good at all, and it does not mean that it could be due to cancer, but it can also be anemia or serious diseases as may well be a pancreatitis or hepatitis.