Each year, more than 55,000 Americans will develop head and neck cancer. Head and neck cancers are curable if caught early.
Cancer of the voice box, or laryngeal cancer, is not as well known by the general public as some other types of cancer, yet it is not a rare disease.
When acid refluxes from the stomach into the esophagus, it is known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). If stomach acid travels up the esophagus into the throat, it is known as laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR).
Aspiration is a medical term for accidentally inhaling your food or liquid through your vocal cords into your airway, instead of swallowing through your food pipe, or esophagus, and into your stomach.
Dysphagia means that you can’t swallow well. Many factors may cause dysphagia, and most are temporary and non-life-threatening.
Hoarseness (also called dysphonia) is an abnormal change in the quality of your voice, making it sound raspy, strained, breathy, weak, higher or lower in pitch, inconsistent, or fatigued, often making it harder to talk.
Goiter refers to an enlarged thyroid gland. A goiter can develop in one or both sides of the thyroid gland.