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5 habits that increase the risk of developing throat cancer

by Staff writer



Cancer is a class of diseases in which abnormal cells multiply and divide uncontrollably in the body. These abnormal cells form malignant growths called tumors.


Throat cancer refers to cancer that occurs in the larynx, the vocal cords, and other parts of the throat, such as the tonsils and oropharynx.

As with many cancers, the risk of developing throat cancer increases with age, with most sufferers being over the age of 65.

Men are two to three times more likely than women to develop throat cancer in their lifetime.

Throat cancer is relatively uncommon when compared to other cancers. The American National Cancer Institute estimates that 1.1 percent of adults will be diagnosed with throat cancer within their lifetime

Common symptoms of throat cancer include: difficulty swallowing, changes in voice, sore throat, unexplainable weight loss, swelling of the jaw, throat or neck and chronic cough.

These 5 lifestyle habits increase your risk of developing throat cancer:

1. Not eating enough fruits and vegetables

A diet low in fruits and vegetables can increase the likelihood of developing throat cancer.

2. Smoking

The use of cigarettes, pipes and cigars all increase the likelihood of developing throat cancer.

3. Drinking alcohol

Excessive use of alcohol also increases your throat cancer risks.

4. Oral sex

New research has found that HPV infection is responsible for rising rates of throat cancer. Most people get HPV through oral sex.

5. Kissing

Contracting the epstein-barr virus (EBV) increases the likelihood of developing throat cancer.


EBV is transmitted mainly through the saliva secreted in the mouth during kissing or sharing items that can pass saliva to other individuals (for example, cups, spoons, straws, and other utensils).

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Please Note:

These are just risk factors. Having a risk factor does not mean that you will get cancer. Also, not having risk factors doesn’t mean that you will not get cancer.

This website is intended for informational purposes only. DNB Stories is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or professional medical advice.

Please consult with a physician or an appropriate healthcare professional regarding any medical or health-related concerns you may have.

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