That might be hard to swallow.
Difficulty swallowing, a condition known as dysphagia, could reportedly be a sign of cancer The mirror.
The often-overlooked symptom could indicate cancers of the head, jaw, throat, or mouth. per health lineas tumor growth in these areas can lead to blockages.
Dysphagia could even indicate facial skin cancer such as melanoma, the outlet reported.
Likewise, persistent sore throat could also be a sign of cancer, especially when accompanied by symptoms such as facial swelling or unexplained weight loss City of Hope Cancer Care.
Of course, swallowing difficulties aren’t always a symptom of cancer—it could be entirely unrelated, perhaps a simple case of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or a head injury.
If you have other symptoms and the difficulty swallowing gets worse over time, it’s best to get checked out by a doctor, recommends The Mirror.
Some of the most common symptoms of cancer include lumps under the skin, weight loss, skin changes, persistent gas, unexpected vaginal bleeding, loss of appetite or even a hoarse voice Cancer Research UK.
In addition to difficulty swallowing, there are four other cancer symptoms that shouldn’t be ignored, according to Dr. Anne Marie O’Broin Lennon, gastroenterologist at Johns Hopkins Medicine.
This list includes shortness of breath, bleeding, finding lumps and masses, and any change in a bodily function such as B. Using the toilet.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease The American Cancer Society.
In the United States, an estimated 1.9 million cancer cases will be diagnosed this year and 609,820 cancer-related deaths will be reported.
In women, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis, accounting for 31% of predicted cancer cases in women in 2023.
In men, prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis, accounting for an estimated 29% of male cancer cases.
However, the ACS notes that the death rate from cancer has continued to fall.
From its peak in 1991, it fell by 33% by 2020 for men and women combined.